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Board not sold on jail, court needsCounty commissioners express concerns to staff about $225 million plans By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Make sure all stakeholders are at the table said Pinellas County Commissioners to staff during a Feb. 28 work session on plans to spend $225 million on jail and court needs. The commission was speaking in response to complaints by Clerk of the Court Ken Burke, who said he had not been included in the planning process and the needs of his office were not adequately addressed. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri also told commissioners that staffs figures on savings for the Sheriffs Office had not been vetted by me. Voters approved spending $225 million from collections of 2010-2020 Penny for Pinellas sales tax on jails and courts. Commissioners gave staff approval to continue work on plans for improved jail and court services in November 2011. Paul Sacco, director of real estate management, updated commissioners Feb. 28 on the latest plans, including courts and service center consolidation. Sacco said consolidations would allow the county to reduce the use of leased space, reduce operating costs and better utilize county-owned facilities. He said if plans were approved, there would be an estimated annual savings of $962,000. Chief Judge Thomas McGrady summed up the proposal for consolidation and changes to the judiciary system, which include: Moving all traffic courts to the Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater Moving family law judges, staff and related functions from court facilities in St. Petersburg and Clearwater to the CJC Moving guardianship magistrates and staff to the 545 Judicial Building in St. Petersburg Moving remaining support staff, including court technology, staff attorney, fiscal assistant, to the 545 Judicial Building See NEEDS, page 4A By TOM GERMONDLARGO City officials are preparing to seek public input on city budget priorities for the next fiscal year through an online survey and three public meetings. The community values survey will be available online from March 15 to April 15. The public meetings have been slated for March 27, March 29 and April 10, at which participants will vote on items in a survey through the use of electronic technology. The survey asks residents to rank certain values in importance, such as a diverse and vibrant economy, quality community amenities, a strong community identity, feeling safe and secure in my community and a working and reliable infrastructure. Residents also will be asked whether they agree or disagree with certain statements, such as The city should continue to own and operate a municipal golf course, The Largo Cultural Center should increase ticket prices to cover its operating costs, Reducing residential garbage collection to once per week would be adequate for my family and The city should operate and maintain a competition focused swimming pool. Residents also will be provided an opportunity to provide additional comments in the survey, which is expected to take 10 minutes to complete. Commissioner Curtis Holmes said at the commissions meeting March 6 that many of the questions are general and dont pertain to budgeting. He also was concerned that there was a core of people who are actively involved in the city. See SURVEY, page 2A Features Business . . . . . . . . .9-10A Classieds . . . . . . . . .4-7B Community . . . . . . . .14-17A County . . . . . . . . . .3,5-8A Entertainment . . . . . . .1-3,8B Just for fun . . . . . . . . . .2B Outdoors . . . . . . . . .11-12A Pets of the week . . . . . . . .17A Police beat . . . . . . . . . .5A Viewpoints . . . . . . . . . .13A Call 397-5563 For News & Advertising LARGOSt. Patricks Day Festival plannedOShys Irish Tap House is sponsoring a downtown St. Patricks Day Festival, Saturday, March 17, beginning at 11 a.m. on First Avenue SW. Food trucks, local restaurants, Irish dancers, fiddlers and more than 40 taps of beer will be featured. The menu includes Irish dishes such as shepherds pie, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, Irish stew, colcannon, barmbrack, Dublin coddle and more. The festivities end at 3 a.m., Sunday, March 18. The event is free.OUTDOORSWarmer weather brings out insectsMosquitoes, termites, roaches, ants, bees, aphids and mealy bugs will all be out in force. What can a person do about this potential onslaught of insects? ... Page 12A.At the box officeA Thousand Words, starring Eddie Murphy, opens this weekend in theaters. ... Page 1B. Just for laughsLittle Theater group enjoys the limelight By TOM GERMONDLARGO So just how much money did Charlie win when he hit the jackpot? A half million dollars? About 400 residents of Ranchero Village have the skinny on Charlie because they watched the play Rumors are Flying, Feb. 27-28 at the village clubhouse. The cast, director, playwright and stagehands live at the manufactured home park and produced the play for the Little Theater, which has been in operation for more than three decades. The play pokes fun at how rumors are spread in a tight-knit community, such as Ranchero Village, 7100 Ulmerton Road. Sam Farmer, the playwright, an engineer by trade, used to write material to roast his fellow employees when they left the company. One year, he said, the Little Theater group purchased a play that had people jumping all over the stage, Farmer said. And we are too damn old to jump all over the stage. We had to do something to adapt a play to the age of the people who are in here, Farmer said. The director, Edna Gustafson, gave the play to Farmer and asked him to do something with it. I went home and reworked it a bit so it fit our age group, he said, and the people just dearly loved it. At the time, the group was paying a lot of money to purchase scripts. They thought Farmer did such a good job rewriting the script, they asked him to write his own play. I started writing in 2005 and I have been writing ever since, he said. Pat Rudness, president of the theater group, and Gustafson gave high praise to Farmers abilities. He comes up with some of the most marvelous lines, Rudness said. One of my favorites is he says, Rumors are kind of like a farmer feeding his cow. What goes in one end isnt anything like what comes out the other.From left are Pat Rudness, John May and Sam Farmer in a scene from their Little Theater production, Rumors are Flying.City officials to launch budget survey March 15Talks under way for sale of Biltmore Negotiations begin over Belleair hotel and properties Page 4A.Events will be held March 9-11. Annual parade will be held March 10. ... Page 1B.Seminole prepares for Pow Wow Festival at city recreation center Volume XXXIV,No. 33 March 8, 2012 www.TBNweekly.comWhen Gustafson was a teenager, one day over dinner she said to her folks, when I grow up, Im going to be an actress. My dad said, You are getting out of this house right now if you become an actress. So I never opened my mouth again. Instead, she worked as a registrar at a high school. But for 32 years, Gustafson has been a driving force behind Rancheros Little Theater plays, as an actor, director and in other roles. Gustafson said Rumors are Flying was the last play she will direct because she is 89 years old; its time for somebody else in the community of more than 900 homes to take her place. She and her colleagues enjoy the camaraderie. Sam and I get along so well. We agree on most everything, she said. But in the final say so, she pulls out a whistle and everybody does what she says, Farmer said, laughing. See LIMELIGHT, page 4A... we are too damn old to jump all over the stage. We had to do something to adapt a play to the age of the people who are in here.Sam Farmer Ranchero Village 010512727-725-1052 2547 Countryside Blvd. #5 www.CustomHairTampa.com Get a new look for the New Year!$50 OFF Any New WigCustom Hair & Wigs 030112BACK AND NECK PAIN TREATMENTAUTO ACCIDENT INJURIESLow Back Pain Neck Pain Disc Problems Headaches Gregory Hollstrom II, D.C. 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For more information, call 5876740, ext. 5016 or email email@example.comK: $15 preregistered/$20 after March 9. 1.5 Mile: $10 preregistered/$15 after March 9. Clover Kids Fun Run: $7 (ages 7 and under). Largo Lions Club Presents Doo Wop With a Twist, March 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Largo Cultural Center. Description: Stroll down memory lane with Joey Dee and Tommy Mara. These great Rock n Roll entertainers will have you moving in your seat as they perform some of their greatest hits, including Peppermint Twist, Shout, 16 Candles and Step by Step. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit LargoArts .com or call 587-6793. Fees are $22 reserved seats, $19 Group (10+), $68 series plus applicable service fee. Movies in the park and campre, March 23 and 30, 7 p.m., Largo Central Park Description: Gather up the family, grab your blankets and chairs each Friday night and join us for a movie on the big screen. Themed activities will take place at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk. Visit LargoEvents.com for up-to-date movie titles. On-site parking and concessions available. No alcohol permitted. Call 587-6740, ext. 5014. The event is free. Largo Swing Dance Saturday, March 31, 7 until 11 p.m., Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road Description: Come enjoy an evening of dancing and socializing. Every Saturday night, enjoy a free lesson from 7 to 8 p.m. and a DJ dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Our resident DJ is Savoy Swing. Dont miss out on our 5,400-square-foot sprung hardwood floor. For more information, visitLargos The HeART of Pinellas Festival, through March 31. Largo Community Center. 400 Alt. Keene Road. Description: Celebrate the arts during Largos The HeART of Pinellas Festival. From dancing to singing, acting to clowning, painting to floral design, this festival has something for everyone to enjoy. Event dates include: March 10 Largo, So You Think You Can Dance? March 29 Largo Adult and Senior Idol Show March 31 Garage and Crafts Sale with Coin Show and Live Bluegrass Entertainment The HeART of Pinellas Festival events are open to all ages. All competitions will have prizes awarded. For more information or a schedule of events, call 5183131. Lego building, March 10, 10 until 11 a.m., Southwest Recreation Complex, 13120 Vonn Road. Description: Get hands-on experience and a lot of fun playing with Lego kits. Learn construction, programming and teamwork skills. Children will participate in building a variety of Lego sets. Call 518-3125. The cost is $7 per child. Play! Unplugged Just What the Doctor Ordered, March 10, 2 until 8 p.m., Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive Description: Play! Unplugged ... Just What the Doctor Ordered is a one-day event that will transform Largo Central Park into a huge play space for kids to come together, use their imagination and play! The park will be filled with hands-on games, discovery stations, and recycled play environments, reinforcing the importance of open play and creativity in our youth. No video games, TV or computers at this event! Call 518-3125. Free. Shamrockn Run 5K and Walk, March 16, 6 until 9 p.m., 301 W. Bay Drive. Description: Kick off your St. Around Around Largo LargoCity events City events SURVEY, from page 1AIs this going to be the same group of people responding to this survey? If thats the case, you can almost tell what the results are going to be ahead of time, he said. He also was concerned that the city wont hear from people who dont have computers. City officials said residents can participate in the survey on computers at the Largo Public Library. Mayor Pat Gerard said thats a good way to help increase participation because a lot of people use the computers because they dont have them at home. City budget manager Amy Davis said the city is not hiring a company that will make random phone calls and perform other work. I think you have to recognize that this is a tool of many to use to help identify trends and priorities in the community, she said. Gerard said the survey will not be scientific, but thinks it will give the commission some interesting information to use. City officials expect to make millions of dollars in budget cuts for the next fiscal year, as they have in recent years, stemming from tax-cut mandates and the economic downturn. Residents will be able to make a phone call to City Hall to participate in the public meetings. Breakfast, evening and lunch sessions are planned: Tuesday, March 27, 7:45 to 9:15 a.m., Largo Public Library; Thursday, March 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Community Center and Tuesday, April 10, noon to 1:30 p.m., City Hall.LargoCommunityCenter.com. Call 518-3131. 10 OClock Swing Band, March 31, 2 p.m., Largo Cultural Center Description: Come celebrate the timeless sounds of the big band era! This show sold out last year and is back by popular demand! Hear this 18 piece band perform swingin hits by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and all the major big bands of the swing era, plus more contemporary swinging jazz arrangements as well! For more information or to purchase tickets visit LargoArts.com or call 587-6793. The cost is $30 VIP, $25 advance, $20 group, $30 day of show plus applicable service fee.
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Limit 2 per person Expires 3/31/12 FREE HOT DOGWith the purchase of a soda(limited 1 to a person) Non-NegotiablePresale Ride Wristbands & Tickets Available For information, call 391-4060 to save on Presale Tickets & Wristbands Entertainment Line-Up:FRIDAY, MARCH 16 7:00-11:00pmAqua GrooveSATURDAY, MARCH 17 6:00-7:30pmErica DiCeglie and The Way HereSATURDAY, MARCH 17 8:00-10:00pmPraise and WorshipSUNDAY, MARCH 18 2:00-4:00pmGulf Blvd.DJ Entertainment supplied by Drake Entertainment Come Celebrate St. Patricks Day Shamrock Style!Blessed Sacrament Catholic SchoolSPRING CARNIVALFriday Sunday, March 16-18 11501 66th Ave. North, Seminole030112 Midway Hours: Friday 6pm-11pm Saturday Noon-11pm Sunday Noon-6pm By BOB McCLURENORTH REDINGTON BEACH The final step for 11 beach communities to receive $35 million in Penny For Pinellas funds for Gulf Boulevard improvements is getting closer. Peter Yauch, division director for transportation and stormwater for the Pinellas County Department of Environment and Infrastructure, told members of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council Feb. 29 that approval of an interlocal agreement between the county and the beach communities would be the last step. The Pinellas County Commission will consider the agreement Tuesday, March 27, 2 p.m., at the County Courthouse in Clearwater. If approved, the funds will be dispersed to the beach towns over a seven-year period beginning in fiscal 2013. The county will hand out $3.5 million per year from 2013 to 2016 and $7 million per year in fiscal years 2017 to 2019. Funding to each town is based upon beach frontage. Clearwater will receive the largest amount, $6.7 million, followed by St. Pete Beach, $5.7 million; Indian Rocks Beach, $4.1 million; Indian Shores, $4 million; Treasure Island, $3.8 million; Madeira Beach $3.3 million; Belleair Beach, $2.1 million; Redington Shores, $1.7 million; Redington Beach, $1.6 million; North Redington Beach, $1.2 million; and Belleair Shore, $800,000. Funds must be used for infrastructure improvements to Gulf Boulevard and it all must be spent. Anything not spent stays with the county, said Yauch. So spend the money. A committee of three BIG-C members will evaluate each project on its merits. Making up the committee will be Redington Beach Mayor Nick Simons, Belleair Beach Mayor Kathy Mortensen and St. Pete Beach Commission Jim Parent. The committee will review proposed projects by the beach towns and develop project schedules to match funding availability. Cities will be responsible to present project invoices to the county for reimbursement by the county. The process began 11 years ago with the adoption by the County Commission of the Gulf Boulevard Improvements Project. The program included undergrounding of utilities, streetscape enhancements and pedestrian safety improvements at a projected cost of $106 million. However, it was never funded. By 2007, the cost estimates had morphed to $198 million and an estimated $228 million by 2010. The full project was deemed unfeasible. Later the same year (2007), the Penny For Pinellas was renewed by voters and included in the package was $35 million for Gulf Boulevard improvements. Former Commissioner Bob Stewart led efforts for a reducedscale project. However, economic conditions and a slow Penny cash flow caused a delay in the implementation. Efforts led by Indian Shores Mayor Jim Lawrence and other BIG-C members resulted in the writing of a successful interlocal agreement. In other action: County Commission vice chairman Ken Welch said use of the countys Stabilization Fund, which currently has more than $26 million, might be an option to counter a projected $12 million deficit in the county general fund in fiscal 2013. He also said real estate values are estimated to drop another 4 percent in fiscal 2013 and 2 percent more in 2014. Im not sure the Stabilization Fund will cover us, he said. So there could be more cuts in services at that point. He also noted that the countys Trans-Beach towns get closer to Gulf Boulevard fundsportation Maintenance Fund would be depleted by 2019 because gasoline taxes are not large enough to maintain it. But Im confident we can address these issues with more consolidation and other measures to accomplish this, Welch said. Indian Shores Councilor Bill Photo by BOB McCLUREPinellas County Commission Vice Chairman Ken Welch spoke Feb. 29 at the Barrier Island Governmental Council meeting at North Redington Beach.Smith said deployment of equipment for the Sand Key nourishment project would get under way this week and the actual laying of sand would begin in late April or early May. It is expected to be complete in 220 days. The project starts at Sand Key and goes south to North Redington Beach. A public meeting to discuss the project is set for Thursday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., at the Belleair Beach Community Center, 444 Causeway Blvd.
4A Leader, March 8, 2012 Downchild charms BelleairPhotos by CHARY SOUTHMAYDA big concert crowd bundles up for cool temperatures and hot blues as the sun sets in Belleair March 4 at the Dimmitt Community Center ball field. The crowd enthusiastically welcomed the Canadian blues sensation Downchild to the town. Downchilds Donnie Walsh, left, and Chuck Jackson entertain the Sundays in Belleair audience. NEEDS, from page 1A Vacating court-assigned areas of the 501 Building Staff recommends selling the 501 Building to save money on operating expenses and generate capital revenue. Functions to be relocated to the CJC include family law proceedings, child support enforcement, domestic, sexual and dating violence return hearings, administration, case management, court reporting, court counsel, juvenile diversion, mediation, pro se assistance and traffic. Several things need to happen first to make court consolidation successful with parking the biggest concern, staff says. An expanded entry at CJC is needed as well as new space to handle additional court activities. In January, 48,521 people came in through the front entry of the CJC. The second highest count at a court facility was at the 545 Building with 16,117. The fewest people entered the 501 Building, 1,816. More space also would be needed at the CJC for judicial functions. Staff recommended adding new space for the clerk of the court and utilizing current space occupied by the clerk to create more courtrooms and hearing rooms on the second floor. A number of challenges exist, including dealing with parking requirements. Staff says more parking is needed at the CJC regardless of any expansion plans. Currently there are 1,300 public spaces. There are 1,352 people assigned to CJC who work for the courts, the state attorney, public defender, in the clerks office and sheriffs office, department of corrections, Guardian ad Litem and real estate management. In January 2012, almost 5,000 jurors were summoned to the CJC. The recommendation is to build a parking garage, but cost is a problem. The strategic plan for creation of service centers is dependent on consolidation of court facilities. The plan calls for housing the property appraiser, supervisor of elections and tax collector together in northand south-county locations. Staff recommends consideration of county-owned facilities at 29582 U.S. 19 in Clearwater and 1800 66th St. N. in St. Petersburg. However, to create the centers in the recommended locations, all traffic courts, the clerk of the courts operations and the state attorneys office have to move to the CJC. The clerk of the courts accounting department would move to 315 Court St. into space vacated by the supervisor of elections. Staff timetable for changes calls for the clerks accounting office to be moved by late 2012 or early 2013, which the same schedule is proposed for centralizing traffic courts. Service center facilities could then be renovated in early fiscal year 2013 with the relocation of the property appraiser, tax collector and supervisor of election later that year. Not everyone is on board with staffs plans, especially Burke who listed a number of reasons why the operations of his office would be adversely affected. Hes also not sure staffs estimates for savings from the consolidations and relocations are accurate. Burke said the judiciary would be well served by the proposed changes, but the plans are not workable for the clerks office. He said he was unhappy that he was not included in prior discussions of plans that have a drastic impact on the clerks office. Commissioner Susan Latvala said it was still very early in the process. Were in a bind, looking to stretch a pot of money inconvenience versus saving a million dollars or more a year. Burke said he was all for saving money where it is practical and efficient. He suggested that staffs plan needed more work. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri expressed concern that staff had estimated savings to his offices operations without ever talking to him. He said he did not have enough information to know what effect staffs proposals might have. It (court consolidations) could increase personnel needed at CJC, he said. Commissioner Ken Welch asked Sacco if he intended to bring all the stakeholders into future discussions. Sacco replied that he did and pointed out that nothing of substance had been done since November. He said staff was hoping commissioners would give more direction after hearing the latest information. Real estate took the information (guidance given in November) and did what we were asked to do, Sacco said. This meeting was meant to give us direction. Then we would bring in the stakeholders. McGrady, who was involved with the plans for the judiciary, said he was willing to work with anybody at any time, adding that if it stays the same (no consolidations or relocations) it will be OK the lawyers will be happy. We did a lot to reach out to those who operate the courts, County Administrator Bob LaSala said in defense of his staff. LaSala said the chief judge had been very cooperative and had exercised a willingness to be a proactive leader. He also said staff would make every effort to reach out and communicate. We cant ignore statements from a major stakeholder, Welch said, adding, Something was missed along the way. Lets correct it and move forward. Two local attorneys voiced concerns about moving family courts. They said the current system worked well and there was no reason to change it. LaSala asked the board to give staff direction on how to proceed. Commissioners agreed to go forward with plans for a parking garage at the CJC; however, they balked at giving the go ahead to consolidation of traffic courts and family courts. We need better numbers on savings before we can commit, Commissioner Nancy Bostock said. Sacco said he couldnt provide better savings estimates without better information on what was required. The design of a buildings function has to drive the design to some degree, he said. Commissioner Neil Brickfield said he was all for moving traffic courts to the CJC at least temporarily. He also supports the sale of the 501 Building. Thats a dog we want to get out of, he said. Latvala said the county needed to save operational costs any way we can. The 501 Building is a money pit, she said. We need to get out of it and sell it. Welch said he had some concerns about moving family courts. He said hed like to know what impact it would have on people using it. Im not totally sold on selling the 501 Building, he said, citing the fact that it was an early voting location for the supervisor of elections. I think we need a (county) presence in the largest city, he said.Photo courtesy of PINELLAS COUNTY COMMUNICATIONSPlans to save money and improve conditions for people using the countys judiciary system involve relocating a number of courts and support services to the Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater. LIMELIGHT, from page 1ARudness taught six classes a day, kindergarten through high school. She helped direct school plays, but wasnt involved in theater until she came to Ranchero Village about 20 years ago. She formerly lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We get a chance to come back now and do the things we wanted to do before but didnt, Rudness said. She played Irma, a beautician in Rumors are Flying, who passes on anything she hears from customers. Farmer plays Charlie, a conservative spender who loosens up slowly as the play progresses. Ad libbing? Expected. Oh my God, everybody says something to me about how great a play I wrote, and I said, about half of what we said I didnt write, Farmer said. Nevertheless, the cast, consisting of 16 actors for the most recent play, worked hard to get their lines down. There are at least two rehearsals a week in January, about three hours long. A week before the play debuts, the group rehearses Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You get nervous. But the audience doesnt mind if you miss a line, Rudness said. Gustafson recalled an actress who had personal problems. She said her son was losing his eyesight, and the actress had breast cancer. We both cried a bit, she said. I said you are going to go out there and do the best job you ever have done in your life, and she did. The price to see the play was $4. The money is used for scenery, costumes and other needs. Proceeds beyond expenses go back to the social activities committee for outreach programs. The theater group doesnt advertise its annual plays outside the park but will sell tickets to anyone who wants to see them. They hear from a lot of residents after the play, even identifying Rudness by her character, Irma. Going home and talking about the show for a week or so helps them forget about their problems, Farmer said. The group has already started working the play for next year. Everybody in here has got problems. We are all old, Farmer said. In fact, when we sit down and talk, thats what we talk about whats ailing us. But for a couple of hours, they can come in there and laugh their heads off at their idiot neighbors up there on stage making fools of themselves.Edna Gustafson, the director of Rumors are Flying, and Sam Farmer, the playwright. By BRIAN GOFFBELLEAIR Serious negotiations have begun for the sale of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel, and those negotiations are with two separate potential buyers. Saying he cannot disclose names, Raphael Ades, owner of the hotel, confirmed Feb. 28 that there are two interested buyers and negotiations for the sale of the resort are under way. Ades said the negotiations have just begun. They are very initial. There is no time frame as to when a deal will be done, he said. But, he added that he is sticking with his plan that the fate of the property will be known before this year is out. Talking about the pending negotiations, Ades disclosed that his plans have changed somewhat in terms of a potential buyer. My preference is to sell to somebody who wants to keep it as a hotel, but I will sell it to anybody no matter what their intentions, he said. All along Ades and his representative, Matt Cummings, have said they only intended to sell the hotel to someone who would keep it as a hotel, otherwise they would develop the property themselves. Of the two potential buyers Ades is dealing with, one wants to keep it as a hotel, the other wants to turn the property into town homes, he said. It will depend on the negotiations and the final offer. Either I make a lot of money selling it or Ill be developing it, he said. Ades also disclosed there is more to the deal than just the hotel property. His company also owns the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club on Indian Rocks Road and the Cabana Club on Sand Key. They are part of the negotiations with both parties. All the properties are on the table, he said. Well hold the management rights to the golf club up to one year before the hotel or the new property is ready. Recently, the town of Belleair rejected Ades application for a demolition permit for the hotel because it wasnt complete. Ades says they will not be proceeding with that for now. I cant tell you right now what well be doing in the future, no decision has been made, but everything is on hold for the moment, he said. Ades and his brother, Daniel, bought the hotel, the golf club and the Cabana Club for $8 million in December of 2012. Since then controversy has swirled around the hotel because of the deterioration of the roof and the building in general. Fines in excess of $200,000 have been racked up because of the condition of the property.Belleview Biltmore owners negotiating sale of hotel
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On Feb. 26, the suspect, identified as Robert Louis Lambert, 18, knocked on the door of an apartment at 1201 Seminole Blvd. When the resident opened the door, Lambert observed the victim of this incident inside the apartment. Lambert unlawfully entered the apartment in an attempt to get at the victim. The victim fled the apartment, with Lambert chasing behind him, police said. A short time later, the victim returned to the apartment with injuries, including an apparent stab wound to his back. The victim was transported to Bayfront Hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. Lambert avoided apprehension until Largo Detective Jill Freire arrested him on Feb. 28. Lambert is a documented gang member. He was taken to jail and is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond, police said.Deputies identify body retrieved from IntracoastalINDIAN ROCKS BEACH Pinellas County Sheriffs deputies and fire rescue paramedics responded to a report early Sunday morning, March 4, of a man walking off the boardwalk and dock area behind the Holiday Inn Harbourside Hotel and Marina, 401 Second St. According to the sheriffs report, a witness called 911 after seeing Luis G. Serrano, 36, of Colorado Springs, walk off the dock into the Intracoastal Waterway about 5:30 a.m. The witness reported that the man seemed intoxicated. The witness, who saw Serrano from a hotel window, went down to the dock and tried to assist, but the man was unresponsive. Fire rescue responders pulled his body from the water about 6 a.m. Serrano served in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo. He was in the area for a week of training.Man arrested on drug chargesCLEARWATER A Clearwater man was arrested on drug charges on Feb. 29, according to a Clearwater Police Facebook report. Police patrol and anti-crime officers responded to a drug call in the 1400 block of Overlea Street around 6:30 p.m., the report said. When they arrived, several people ran from the area. Justin Austin, 35, ran inside a residence, the report said. Officers knocked on the door and a relative gave consent to search the home. They found the suspect, who was in possession of 13 grams of cocaine, 2 grams of marijuana and numerous drug paraphernalia, the report said. Austin was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on a $10,300 bond.Man pleads guilty so traveling to meet a minor for sexCLEARWATER On Feb. 28, West Cornwell, 26, of Clearwater entered a change of plea to guilty for unlawful use of a computer and traveling to meet a minor victim for sexual activity, according to the Clearwater Police Facebook page. Cornwell was sentenced to nine months in the Pinellas County Jail, sex offender status and four years of probation. Last March, Cornwell became friends with a 14year-old girl on a social networking site, the report said. During the course of their friendship, he began to solicit the victim and send sexually explicit images, discussed various sex acts and asked to meet her, the report said. The victims family informed the police of the ongoing chat and detectives continued the chat, posing as the girl. Cornwell arranged to meet the victim at a Clearwater location. When he arrived, he was arrested.Man charged for DUI hit and runCLEARWATER A Clearwater man was arrested for a DUI and hit and run crash with injuries on Feb. 25, according to a Clearwater police Facebook report. On Feb. 24 around 9:30 p.m., Javier QuinonezOrtiz, 42, was driving a 1994 Dodge Stratus heading east on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in the curb lane, the report stated. He changed lanes to the median lane and hit the right rear of a 1995 Chevy Silverado, the report said. The impact caused the driver of the Silverado to lose control and completely roll the vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest off the road. Quinonez-Ortiz fled the scene on foot. Officers set up a perimeter and a K-9 officer located and arrested him without incident. He was charged with felony DUI, felony hit and run, and refusal to submit to breath analysis. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on a $10,150 bond. The driver of the Silverado and his passengers an adult, a 4 year old and a 2 year old were all taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. They all had been properly restrained.Man charged with drug, firearm chargesCLEARWATER A Clearwater man was arrested for a felon in possession of a firearm and marijuana on Feb. 24, according to a Clearwater police Facebook report. Officers responded to the 1200 block of Turner Street after receiving a complaint of drug sales taking place at the apartment that afternoon. When officers arrived, they knocked on the door and Musa Zonja, 21, answered holding a marijuana cigar, the report said. Zonja of Clearwater was arrested and found in possession of additional marijuana and the handgun concealed on his person. Officers found an additional 90 grams of marijuana at the residence. A 17-year-old male also was arrested for felony possession of marijuana. Zonja was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana and grand theft. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail on a $12,150 bond.Female bus rider attacked by homeless manPINELLAS PARK Pinellas Park police arrested a homeless man who reportedly followed a 37-yearold female off a local bus and attacked her the night of March 1. Mitchell Eugene Thomas, 46, was arrested for attempted sexual battery. Police were called to the corner of 78th Avenue and 49th Street at around 7 p.m. The victim told police that a man, later identified as Thomas, followed her off of a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus that stopped along 49th Street. He attacked her as she walked behind a local business, she said. She was able to break free and scream for help, catching the attention of several witnesses. Police found Thomas a short distance from the scene of the attack. He was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail, where he remained several days later. The victim suffered minor injuries during the attack but did not require medical attention, police reported. The investigation is ongoing.Felony arrest made in domestic violence casePINELLAS PARK Pinellas Park police arrested a 25-year-old man for domestic violence Feb. 27. The charge was a felony for Michael Lee Bentley of Pinellas Park given prior convictions. Police responded to his residence on Feb. 26, at around 8:04 p.m. The victim had been shoved and suffered minor injuries to her left hand, according to the report. Police arrested and booked Bentley into the Pinellas County Jail at around 1:34 p.m. the next day. They also charged him for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernaliaWoman arrested for batteryPINELLAS PARK A Pinellas Park woman was arrested for battery after grabbing the neck of a 34year-old man Feb. 27, according to Pinellas Park police. Police responded to the victims home regarding a domestic disturbance at 2:25 a.m. that day. The victim said he had injuries from a physical fight with Jacqueline T. Hanlon, 46, who denied that she was even present. A family member in the home said she saw Hanlon arguing with the victim. Police arrested Hanlon, who had a prior conviction of battery, making her battery charge a felony. Police also found a small amount of marijuana in her pocket, prompting a misdemeanor drug charge. Police beat Police beat
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Some people dont get to stand up here and play with their kids and hold their children when they receive this Purple Heart. The Purple Heart, earned by those wounded or killed while serving in the military, often is awarded at the soldiers bedside or given to surviving loved ones in the event he or she is killed. It was the first, and likely only time Maj. Gen. Robert Kasulke, the commanding general of Army Reserve Medical Command, was able to award the decoration. Probably in my whole career, I wont see this again, Kasulke said later. Its a rare thing. The honor held an additional meaning for Kasulke, who remembered his own father, decorated with a Purple Heart during World War I. This was a very unique and honorable and, at the same time, humbling experience for all of us to actually see this procedure done, to see the award being given, Kasulke said. Winn had already been awarded a bronze star medal and a combat action badge for his time in Afghanistan. After the tour, he was promoted to sergeant first class and joined the Army Reserve Medical Command with its provost marshal office on Aug. 11. On the fateful day he was injured, his squad part of the 372nd Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion was providing security for the Afghanistan parliamentary election polling station. They responded after an IED exploded nearby. As we were dismounting from our vehicles and getting people out of the way, getting civilians out to safety, they detonated a secondary IED, like 30 meters from where we were standing, Winn said. Three of us were in the blast area and were knocked out of the mission. The injured military policemen, along with Winn, were taken to aArmy Reserve gives Purple Heart to team memberhospital for treatment. Winn said he was grateful his injury was limited to head trauma and that he could stand in front of his unit with all my pieces. A couple of guys were injured more than I was, he said. Winn also thanked his new unit for the role they provided the Army. I know if it wasnt for your profession doctors, nurses, first responders, surgeons that a lot of soldiers like myself and a lot of soldiers like you would not be up here getting awards, he said. I saw you guys in action. If it wasnt for your life-saving ability, many of us would not make it. Army Reserve Medical Command, based at the C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park, oversees medical personnel in the Army Reserves. As part of the ceremony, Winn gave flowers to his wife, Cathi, and to their three daughters Brae, 7; Morgan, 5, and CatieLyn, 4 to thank them for their support. Just to have our whole family right now at this point in our lifetime is a lot to be grateful for, Cathi Winn said afterwards, as members of her husbands unit lined up to shake his hand. The Winn family lives in Daytona Beach. Photo by JULIANA A. TORRESSgt. 1st Class Russell Winn, far right, prepares to receive the Purple Heart from Maj. Gen. Robert Kasulke, the commanding general of Army Reserve Medical Command, assisted by Command Sgt. Major Roger Schulz, far left. Winns daughters, Catie-Lyn, 4, Morgan, 5, and Brae, 7, and his wife, Cathi, joined him on the stage for the ceremony.
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APRIL 7, 2012 LARGO CENTRAL PARK10AM-3PM NOMINATE YOUR VET FOR VETERINARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDKiwanis Club of Largo/Mid Pinellas is adding a new contest to their Pawfest fundraiser and we are asking the community to participate. If you think your Vet has done amazing work for pets outside of their call of duty, please nominate them. In 100 words or less, let us know why you feel they should be honored. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/KiwanisClubLargo 030812-2 011212MountcastleVeinCenters.com Building department moves to new locationCLEARWATER The Pinellas County Building and Development Review Services Department has moved to 440 Court St., Clearwater. The departments former location was one block away at 310 Court St.Statewide Elections Association offers scholarshipThe deadline is March 19 to apply for a statewide scholarship available to certain college juniors and seniors. College juniors or seniors majoring in political science, public administration or business administration, journalism or mass communications at an accredited Florida college may be eligible for a scholarship. The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, comprised of the 67 county supervisors, will award a $1,200 scholarship this year to an eligible student. I encourage students to apply for this scholarship and take advantage of this opportunity to help with their college costs, said Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark. Applicants must be registered voters who have lived in Florida at least two years and must have maintained a C average or above during the past year. Other requirements such as letters of recommendation and financial information are listed on the scholarship application and in the scholarship guidelines, which are available for download at www.votepinellas.com. Applications should be submitted in the county in which the student is registered to vote. Scholarship applications must be received by 5 p.m. March 19 in any Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office: 315 Court St., Room 117, Clearwater; 13001 Starkey Road, Largo; or 501 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. For a mailed application or additional information, please call the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office at 727-4646108.Tax collector selling ads via Motor Vehicle NetworkCLEARWATER Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson announced that local businesses would soon be able to advertise directly to customers at the tax collectors office, through a partnership with a Connecticut-based company called Motor Vehicle Network. MVN works with highway safety and motor vehicle offices throughout the U.S. to offer news and advertising content while customers are waiting. The company is installing flat screen displays in each office in Pinellas County, which also allows the tax collector to broadcast driver license and motor vehicle updates and other public information. We had more than 2,000 customers a day, on average, visit our office last year, Tax Collector Diane Nelson said. With our partnership with Motor Vehicle Network, its not only an opportunity for businesses here in Pinellas County to reach a lot of people, but its a great way for us to get information to the public. The displays were installed at no cost to the taxpayer, and all advertising sponsorships and revenues are handled by MVN. Businesses can request sponsorship opportunities by visiting mvnetwork.com or calling 1-800-922-9933. Advertising content can be tailored to a specific office location, with tax collector offices in Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Largo and St. Petersburg. For more information on tax collector services, visit taxcollect.com or call 727-464-7777 to speak to a customer service representative.Veterinarian of the year contest slatedLARGO The Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid Pinellas is seeking nominations for the veterinarian of the year award in conjunction with the clubs annual fundraiser, Pawfest, April 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Largo Central Park. If you think your vet has done amazing work for pets outside of their call of duty, please nominate them, a club news release said. The nomination should include in 100 words or less an explanation of why the veterinarian should be honored. The nomination should include the name of the veterinarian, facility, address and phone number along with the explanation of why he or she should receive the award. Please include the name, address and phone number of the nominator. Send to: Kiwanis Club of Largo, P.O. Box 2043, Largo, FL 33779 or email to Linda@ lindabullerman.com by March 23.Sunset Point Road segment closedCLEARWATER Sunset Point Road from Edgewater Drive to Douglas Avenue is closed to traffic through about Thursday, March 29. This is due to installation of reclaimed water lines. Local traffic will be allowed access. Through traffic can use Union Street, S.R. 580 or Drew Street as a detour. Call 562-4776.Club to host speakers on healthcarePINELLAS PARK Several speakers will address the Greater Pinellas Democratic Club about healthcare issues Thursday, March 8 during the clubs meeting at Banquet Masters, 8100 Park Blvd. Dareen Rice, former president of the St. Petersburg League Of Women Voters and area spokesperson for the nonprofit group Progress Florida will explain the virtues of the Affordable Healthcare Act. Michelle Cyr, Tampa Bays AARP field coordinator, will speak on the organizations role in healthcare, and Wayne Rush will discuss the Canadian healthcare system. Also, Cheryl Schroeder, executive director for West Central Florida Federation of Labor will discuss the role of unions in the upcoming national election. The Greater Pinellas Democratic Club meeting will start with cash bar cocktails and social time at 6 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with the guest speakers presentations, questions and discussion. The public is welcome to attend. Reservations are requested. Dinner costs $15. Call Betty Morgenstein at 360-3971.
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Duette Architella Honeycomb ShadesEnergy SaleinSave Select Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades can reduce energy loss by up to 40%.Save on stylish window fashions that help insulate your home, now through March 31. SAVE* Vignette Tiered Architella Shades$50per unitVignette Modern Roman Shades$40per unitBUY 2 OR MORE OF ANY COMBINATION OFSAVE* Duette ArchitellaHoneycomb Shades$25per unitDuette Honeycomb Shades$20per unitBUY 4 OR MORE OF ANY COMBINATION OF Lic. #C-9153 Lic. #C-5916727-524-1445 13120 66th St. N., Largo abbeycarpetlargo.hdwfg.com021612 By SUZETTE PORTERCLEARWATER Its an ongoing issue with a lot of history, which Pinellas County says proves its case. The homeowners associations are responsible for maintenance of stormwater facilities at Tara Cay Sound in Seminole. However, Thomas Cuba with Delta Seven Environmental Consulting says requiring homeowners to provide maintenance is an apparently perpetual burden on private citizens to provide a public service. Pete Yauch, director of transportation and stormwater, explained the situation to county commissioners during a Feb. 21 meeting. He also presented several letters going back to 2002, detailing specifics of an agreement with the subdivisions developer and showing past requests from the homeowners association for help with maintenance issues. The history goes back to the mid-1980s and 1990s during development of Tara Cay. In the 1980s, before the subdivision was developed, the canal that flows through Tara Cay was a 100-foot drainage ditch through which stormwater from Phase I of Indian Heights and 102nd Avenue flowed out to the Intracoastal Waterway. The developer of Tara Cay Sound wanted to widen the ditch from 100 feet to 200 feet and increase the depth from 1 to 2 feet to 6 feet to allow boats to navigate the area and docks to be built. The developer received a permit to dredge the canal in 1993, Yauch said. The permitting process included mitigation requirements for drainage, and there was an agreement with the county for responsibility of future maintenance. Yauch said documents from the engineer of record in 1993 specify that the developer was responsible for passing along future maintenance requirements to the homeowners association. Cuba believes, regardless of past agreements, that the county should pay the costs because water drains into the canal from outside Tara Cays property. But thats only part of the problem. There are actually two homeowners associations one for Tara Cay North and one for the south part of the subdivision. Only one of the two was notified of the maintenance requirements. County Administrator Bob LaSala told commissioners that the homeowners association that was informed of the requirements wants the county to act as the enforcer between the two. I feel for them, but it is not the role of government to moderate a private agreement even if it is an agreement with the county, he said. He said it was a matter for the courts that goes back to the initial developers agreement and deed restrictions on the property. If we were to make an exception, we would be setting a new precedent, he said. There would be financial implications and responsibilities that would pass to the board (of county commissioners). LaSala said there were many, many similar situations in the county where private parties had agreed to maintain stormwater facilities as part of agreements. To alter these agreements would place a huge financial burden on all people in the county, he said. Still Cuba maintains that the county should allow the HOAs to transfer its permit to the county, making the county responsible for the stormwater system, which he said was the right thing to do. Photo by TOM GERMONDBlack skimmers congregate along the beach at Redington Shores. As their name implies, the birds fly low over the water, their lower bills cutting the surface in search of fish. The birds usually feed and breed in flocks, as shown in the photo.SkimmervilleTara Cay Sound HOA seeks countys help with drainageYauch said the county is responsible for maintaining the system up to where the end lines come onto Tara Cays property. The HOAs are responsible for the weir, the canal and a stormwater retention pond. The county is responsible for everything upstream of the head wall and Tara Cay is responsible for everything downstream, Yauch said. But that responsibility is not specified in the HOAs papers. The ball was dropped in 1995, Cuba said. Commissioner Neil Brickfield pointed out that there were structures all over the county that have been abandoned I dont feel like inheriting 5,000 retention ponds. Commissioner Norm Roche asked how much it would cost to clean up the retention pond, which is part of what Tara Cay wants the county to do. I wouldnt venture a guess, LaSala replied. Wed have to go examine it. Yauch said there also was damage to the weir, which is not the countys responsibility to repair. In the end, commissioners agreed to ask staff to research the costs of maintenance and possible solutions to the problem so all involved parties would be aware of the price. Welch asked what the commission would do if another private party came to them with a similar situation. Roche, who made the motion to have staff research the costs, said the commission was not agreeing to do anything or pay for anything. Id just like to know the cost, Roche said. Is it $1,000, $5,000 or $100,000?
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Written report provided. By appointment. Expires 3/31/12 Amenities Same Day Service most repairs Local shuttle service free Quality coffee & bottled water free Air Conditioned, Carpeted lounge Comfortable chairs 29 Flat Screen TV with cable for viewing Local food vendors/shopping Movies for extended waits $5995 Check Suspension for Worn Parts Check & Adjust Tire Pressure Check for Tire Wear Reset Toe Angles to factory specsMost car and trucks Expires 3/31/12Lifetime Warranty On Most PARTS!Including: Brake Pads, Radiators, Alternators, Starters, Shocks and Struts MONROEShocks & StrutsBUY 3 GET 1 FREEWE ACCEPT COMPETITORS COUPONSMail in Rebate 030812 011912 Clyde H. Moreland, M.D. Jenny Chamblain, M.D. Myung-Joo Handelman, ARNP, NP-C Peggi L. Lalor, ARNPBoard Certified Physicians & Nurse Practitioners020212Nous Parlons Franais!We speak 7 languages including sign language. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for West Coast Medical Resources Inc. was held Feb. 27. The nearly 16,000square-foot property, located at 520 Howard Court in Clearwater, was purchased by Randy Ware in late 2011 and renovated over the last several months. From left are Scott Bartholmey, a friend of the Wares; Bill Jonson, Clearwater council member; George Cretekos, mayor of Clearwater; Margaret Workman, former owner of the property; Shannon Ware, co-owner; and Randy Ware, president/founder of West Coast Medical Resources Inc.New officeFurniss earns career carCLEARWATER Betty Furniss of Clearwater Beach, an independent sales director for Mary Kay Inc., recently earned the use of a new Chevy Malibu sedan as a result of her outstanding achievements in operating her independent Mary Kay business. The Chevy Malibu sedan is offered in a fresh white color. In addition to the Chevy Malibu sedan, the Mary Kay Career Car Program includes the Chevy Equinox crossover in black, the Toyota Camry sedan in black and the exclusive pink Cadillac. Since the programs inception in 1969, more than 120,000 independent sales force members have either qualified or re-qualified to earn the use of a Mary Kay career car. Currently, more than 5,600 Mary Kay career cars are on the road nationwide. The Career Car Program provides the independent sales force the opportunity to earn the use of a visible symbol of their success, said Darrell Overcash, president of Mary Kay Inc. U.S., in a press release. Each car obtained through this exciting program reflects the hard work, determination and professionalism of the independent sales force. Furniss will take delivery of the new Chevy Malibu her 14th Mary Kay career car at Dimmitt Chevrolet in Clearwater.AAF-TB hosts ADDY awardsThe American Advertising Federation Tampa Bay recently presented the 2012 ADDY awards. The theme of the event was Are You a Freaky Genius? in recognition of the events venue, the Dali Museum. Best of Bay awards went to ChappellRoberts, Mixed Media; The Clear Agency, Public Service; ConMed Linvatec, Elements of Advertising; Dunn&Co, Interactive Media; Pyper Paul + Kenney, Sales Promotion, Collateral Material, Newspaper, Radio, Television, Advertising for the Arts & Sciences and Advertising Industry SelfPromotion; and Tech Data Corporation, Direct Marketing. Gold Local Awards also were presented to Healthesystems and Raymond James Marketing. The prestigious Best of Show award went to Dunn&Co for their ZU Vodka website. Pyper Paul + Kenney received a Special Judges Award for Copywriting for Lexcel Minerals newspaper ad. The big winners of the night were Pyper Paul + Kenney with 60 ADDYs, Dunn&Co with 22, The Clear Agency with 12, and ChappellRoberts with 10 ADDYs. ADDYs were also awarded to area students, with the Student Best of Show going to Casey Moore from the International Academy of Design and Technology and the Pick of the Pros award going to Wesley Fredotovich from Commercial Art Academy at Tampa Bay Tech High School.Island Audiology opensMADEIRA BEACH The Pinellas County beach business community will welcome Island Audiology in March. Island Audiology LLC, at 13999 Gulf Blvd. Suite C-4, is an audiology center serving the hearing impaired of Pinellas county beaches and surrounding communities. Island Audiologys goal is to help patients maximize their hearing potential and improve their quality of life. This is accomplished through expert diagnostic services and cutting-edge hearing technology assistance. Many people struggle with hearing loss for several years before seeking help, said Island Audiology owner Dr. Heidi Roberts, in a press release. I have a passion for working with the hearing impaired and am excited to share todays hearing technology with my patients to help improve their quality of life. The staff of Island Audiology wants the center to be community resource for both patients and physicians with hearing healthcare needs and provide solutions to the communication challenges of the hearing impaired through expert diagnosis and treatment. Roberts, audiologist and owner of Island Audiology, received her doctorate degree from the University of South Florida. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology, the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and Florida Academy of Audiology. Roberts has extensive experience and training in her field and is experienced with a variety of amplification and assistive listening product manufacturers and aural rehabilitation counseling. Seminole Hard Rock to expandTAMPA The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa plans to hire more than 400 new team members as part of its $75 million expansion, which is slated to open in early summer 2012. A job fair will take place Monday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Applications are now available online at www.jobsforflorida.com. Job applicants must apply online beforehand. The new positions will include chefs, cooks, restaurant servers, bartenders, cocktail servers and other restaurant/lounge team members. New gaming jobs will include cashiers, Players Club representatives and technicians. Other openings will be in security, building/grounds maintenance and housekeeping departments. All full-time team members of the Seminole Gaming and Seminole Tribe of Florida receive a generous benefits package, including health care benefits, staff meals and tuition reimbursement. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is one of the largest employers in Tampa Bay and pays more than $74 million annually in salaries and wages to local team members. The property currently employs over 3,100 people, and once the expansion is complete, it will have over 3,500 team members. In addition, the property has employed 500 people for construction. Not only will the project create over 400 new jobs, but it also will make the casino the eighth-largest casino in the world. The expansion will include an additional 32,000square-feet of gaming space, pushing the existing See BRIEFS, page 10A
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WE BUY G LDALEXISDIAMONDHOUSE13684 Walsingham Rd., Largo(Next to Five Guys and Starbucks)727-518-6191 www.alexisdiamonds.com012612 031512 Wednesday, Saturday & SundayMUSTANG FLEA & FARMERS MARKETOPEN 7 AM 1 PM 3 Days a Week!8001 Park Blvd. Pinellas Park OPEN EASTER2912 NOMINATEYOURFAVORITEFROMEACHOFTHECATEGORIESBELOW Readers Choice Best Dining & EntertainmentAppetizer _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Asian _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Barbecue/Ribs _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Breakfast _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Buffet _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Burger _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Coffee _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Cuban _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Deli _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Dessert/Ice Cream _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Fine Dining _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Happy Hour _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Healthy Meal _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Irish Pub _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Italian _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Kid-Friendly _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Greek _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Mexican _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Outdoor Dining _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Pizza _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Seafood _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Sports Bar _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Steak _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Sushi _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Vegetarian Selection _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Wings _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Waterfront _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Local Theater/Venue _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Readers Choice Best Business & ServicesAll entries must be store specic. Example: Daves Coffee House, Largo MallYou can also vote online at www.TBNweekly.comOnly the newspaper, printed PDF or online ballot with a minimum 10 nominations will be eligible. 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There will be three Drawings (March 23, 30 & April 6)This once-a-year special publication features the Readers Choice Awards for the best food, places, businesses and services in Pinellas County. Just write the name of your favorites next to the category and mail (or drop off) the ballot to: Readers Choice Awards, Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772Must be submitted by March 30. One ballot per person. TBNI Employees and family not eligible in drawing. Improperly completed ballots will be eliminated.Name______________________Phone__________________________________ Address________________________________________________________________________________ VOTE Readers Choice Award Winner 2009-2010-2011 Best Service Center 393-2216 8350 Seminole Blvd. Seminole 030812Tires Brakes Shocks Belts All Auto Repair Services ALEXANDER CHIROPRACTIC & PHYSICAL THERAPYVoted Best Chiropractor 201110720 Park Blvd., Suite A Seminole727-397-3000www.chiropracticandphysicaltherapy.com030812 VOTED #1 Best Greek Restaurant2008-2009-2010-201111125 Park Blvd.,Seminole(on Johnson Blvd., by Seminole Mall)727-393-6669030812RESTAURANT 7785 Oakhurst Road Seminole Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital & K ennels V oted 2010-2011 Reader Choice Winner for Best V e terinary Hospital391-9784www.oakhurstvetcenter.com 030812 VOTE ONLINEwww.TBNweekly.com $5 OFFAny $30 PurchaseExcludes tax. Dine in only. 1 coupon per table. Expires 3/31/121280 Missouri Ave., Clearwater441-1650030812 Voted Best Sushi in PinellasRoyal Thai CuisineVoted Best Thai Restaurant in U.S.A. Casual Fine Dining Continental and Mediterranean Cuisine163 Treasure Island Causeway Treasure Island727-360-9151 030812 9395 BAYPINESBOULEVARD Breakfast & Lunch NEW LUNCH ITEMSCUBAN GYROGREEKSALAD030812 625 Pinellas St., Clearwater Quality Service for 31 Years BRASSPOLISHINGProtective NO Tarnish Coatings SILVER-GOLD-BRASS-COPPER-PEWTERRobert P. Alex Silversmiths 442-7333010512SILVER & Networking clubs follow the leadsNetworking groups, also known as leads groups, meet on a regular basis at various locations in the area. Some groups charge a fee to attend, and most require reservations. Persons considering attending any group for the first time are encouraged to make contact in advance. The upcoming schedule is as follows: Friday, March 9 BNI Referral Masters, 7 a.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call Bill Mantooth at 639-6690 or visit www.bnireferralmasters.com. Friday, March 9 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Friday, March 9 Professional Leads Network, Upper Pinellas Chapter, 7:45 a.m., at R & G Caf, 1565 Highland Ave., Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Monday, March 12 Network Professionals Inc., 7:30 a.m., at Perkins Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd. N., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Monday, March 12 Professional Leads Network, St. Petersburg Chapter, 7:45 a.m., at Ricky Ps, 6521 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Monday, March 12 Ready Set Grow Group, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at Hometown Family Restaurant, 10395 Seminole Blvd., Largo. Call Jamie Limbaugh at 831-2450 or email jamieL@freenetworking international.com. Monday, March 12 Free Networking International, Clearwater Two Cups Connect Group, 2:30 to 4 p.m., at Bay Coast Coffee Market, 2525 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Call Wayne Porter at 642-6173, email email@example.com or visit twocupscon nect.com. Tuesday, March 13 Professional Leads Network, First Watch Chapter, 7:30 a.m., First Watch, 2569 Village Drive, Clearwater. Visit www.pro-leads.net. Tuesday, March 13 The Board, Network Professionals, 7:30 a.m., at Panera Bread, Bardmoor Shopping Center, corner of Bryan Dairy and Starkey roads, Largo. Call 742-6343. Tuesday, March 13 Business Network International, Winners Circle, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Call Dave Proffitt at 230-9240. Tuesday, March 13 Network Professionals Inc., Seminole Chapter, 7:30 a.m., Perkins Family Restaurant, 8841 Park Blvd., Largo. Call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, March 13 Yacht Club Breakfast, sponsored by Creative Business Connections, 7:30 a.m., St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call Darrell Baker, area director, at 586-4999 or visit www.cbcnet.biz. Tuesday, March 13 Network Professionals of St. Pete, 7:30 a.m. For information and meeting location, call Ron OConnor at 367-3737. Tuesday, March 13 Free Networking International, Bayside Group, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bay Pines Sports Bar, 9685 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Call Janet Landt at 455-7510, email jpla firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.freenetworkinginternational.com. Tuesday, March 13 Network Professionals Inc., ICOT Lunch Chapter, 11:45 a.m., at Tucsons Southwest Grill, 13563 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. Call Eddie Montoya at 813-477-3533. Tuesday, March 13 Tri-City Network Professionals, 11:45 a.m., at Applebees Restaurant, 5110 East Bay Drive, Clearwater. First visit is free. Call 492-7921. Wednesday, March 14 Business Network International, Financial Freedom, 7:15 a.m., at Bardmoor Country Club, 8001 Cumberland Road, Largo. Call Phil at 409-1609 or visit www.BNIFinancialFree dom.com. BRIEFS, from page 9A190,000-square-feet of gaming above 220,000. Once the expansion is completed, the casino floor will be larger than five football fields and will have over 5,000 slot machines, 105 table games and 50 poker tables.ABWA to host luncheon, fashion showNORTH REDINGTON BEACH The Sunshine City Charter Chapter of the American Business Womens Association will host the Walking the Red Carpet Luncheon and Fashion Show Saturday, March 31, 11:15 a.m., at The Wine Cellar Restaurant, 17307 Gulf Blvd. Artist Marc De Waele will attend the event. Three of his prints will be part of a silent auction. Other items will include valuable gift baskets and money trees. Fashions will be by Bo-Tiki of Gulfport. The menu selection will include sirloin steak, potato crusted tilapia or chicken picata. Cost is $25. Seats must be reserved and payment and menu selection must be received one week prior to the event. Checks payable to Sunshine City ABWA may be sent to P.O. Box 1945, Pinellas Park, FL 33780. All proceeds will benefit the ABWA education/scholarship fund. Call 403-2445.Seabreeze Island Grill and Raw Bar opens REDINGTON SHORES Seabreeze Island Grill and Raw Bar opened in January at 17855 Gulf Blvd. Seabreeze Island Grill and Raw Bar has both indoor and outdoor bar and dining areas, as well as beautifully decorated interior dining rooms. The restaurant also features catering services and private dining for meetings and parties. As for the menu, its diverse with a wide range of both food and drink. Seabreeze offers Harris Ranch Beef which is certified Black Angus Beef 100 percent hormone, antibiotic and steroid free and Murrays and Maple Leaf Farms poultry which also is 100 percent hormone, antibiotic, steroid and cage free, in addition to a full menu of freshly caught seafood items. We were so lucky. All of the pieces fell together, said Matt Loder Jr., general manager, in a press release. A great location, world-class chef, and a friendly neighborhood of people looking for a new place to relax and enjoy everything Florida weather and food has to offer. It just doesnt get any better. Loder has brought in JT Corrales as in-house manager and Jimmy Zuccarelli as chef. Zuccarelli is a graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute. After graduation, he accepted the position of Sous Chef for Steve Forbes on his 151foot yacht The Highlander. Chef Zuccarelli travelled the eastern seaboard from Maine to Miami, Nantucket to the Bahamas and everywhere in between fine-tuning the culinary skills that he brings to Seabreeze.Car care clinic setPINELLAS PARK New Hope Auto and Truck Services will offer a free car care clinic Saturday, March 17, 9 to 11 a.m., at Sonic, 7725 49th St. N. The clinic is designed for women and teens who want to know more about keeping their vehicles in good running order. Too many women and teens feel out of their depth when it comes to keeping their cars in good running condition, said Hope Peterson, owner of New Hope Auto and Truck Services, in a press release. Its even worse when they need to have their cars serviced: Theyre never sure theyre getting a fair deal, or that the repairs theyre sold are really necessary. Peterson, one of a small but growing number of women who have trained to become Certified Auto Mechanics, offers free car care clinics to help dispel the myths and mystery surrounding vehicle maintenance. Participants should plan to get their hands dirty: Only half the clinic is spent in the classroom, with handouts provided by the National Car Care Council. The other half is spent under the hoods of participants vehicles. Topics include how to check fluids, belts, hoses, and tires; how to keep a vehicles maintenance log; when to schedule regular services like oil changes and tune-ups; and what to do when a vehicle breaks down. There will be giveaways and door prizes. To register, call 572-8877 or visit www.newhopeautoandtruck.com.Goodall to speak to AAII chapterST. PETERSBURG Leonard E. Goodall, co-editor of No-Load Portfolios, will speak to the AAII Florida West Coast Chapter Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N. Registration is at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door. Goodall is a CFP, past president of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and a lifetime member of AAII. Topics will include how the two recent market declines were different and how they were similar, how the individual investor might have avoided the worst of these crises, and what might be the best strategies for the years ahead. For information, call Harry Reed, chapter president, at 942-8152 or visit www.aaii.com/localchapters
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Valid through 04/01/12Carpet Upholstery Tile&Groutwww.insidehomesinc.com727-394-29427148 Seminole Blvd., Seminole INSIDE HOMES CLEANING & MORE 2912 Mackerel, kingfish and cobia should be on the moveThis weeks full moon tides will be the biggest factor in hopefully spurring on a good bite both inshore and offshore. Most days last week had a real good look to them; temperatures were warm, and winds were moderate for the most part. But the one thing that was missing for much of the day was significant tidal movement. When you look at a daily tide chart and its showing a high tide of 1.5 feet at 10 a.m. and a low tide of 1 foot at 2 p.m., thats not going to translate into good fishing for redfish and trout no matter how pretty a day it is. In fact when the tide is moving that slow the only thing that might help you out is the wind. The wind will push water in when its blowing out of the south and will pull water out when its out of the north. Looking back two weeks when we had the good new moon tides we also had some pretty good fishing and with some big tides on tap for the end of the week, hopefully history will repeat itself. Afternoon high tides should produce good catches of redfish as they make their way with the tide from the outer edges of the flats up to the mangrove shorelines and the small oyster mounds that collect on the points. On a high tide move from point to point casting soft plastic jigs or live shrimp under a cork. With water temperatures hanging around 70 degrees, speckled trout should be ready to spawn or at least in a prespawn situation on this full moon. Afternoon high outgoing tides have been the better tides for targeting the big fish. Targeting spoil island drop-offs with either a free-lined select shrimp or a soft-plastic jig bounced along the bottom should let you know pretty quickly if theres a school of trout on the island. Once a school is located a limit of fish can come in pretty short order, release the big females so that they can make more trout and keep only the smaller males. Spanish mackerel, kingfish and cobia will be making their way along our beaches starting any day now. With an easterly wind flow in place, look for this weekend to present some good opportunities for targeting these seasonal visitors. Those willing to slow troll live shad, ladyfish or mullet around near-shore bird activity should get bit. Until next week get bent!Tyson Wallerstein can be reached at capt.tyson@hotmail .com. To get a fish photo in the paper, send the photo along with your name, when and where it was caught to editorial@TBNweekly.com or mail it to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772.Bonner Nature Park campout setLARGO A Family Cookout and Campout will take place Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, at Bonner Nature Park, 14444 143rd St. N. The event will kick off on Friday, 6 p.m. and will conclude Saturday, 8 a.m. Attendees will enjoy experiences such as a cookout, night hike, wildlife show, smores around a campfire and breakfast. Cost is $10 a person. Children age 2 and younger are free. An adult must accompany all children. Campers must bring a tent and camping gear. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, March 7. To reserve a spot, call 518-3047 or visit LargoNature .com.Philippe to host nature walkSAFETY HARBOR A guided nature walk will be offered Saturday, March 17, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway. The hike is limited to 12 participants. Attendees will learn park history while exploring nature. Participants should meet at the Philippe gravesite at 9 a.m. Closed-toe shoes, water, sunscreen a hat and insect repellant are recommended. Reservations will be accepted through the Friday prior to the hike. An adult must accompany children. To register, call 669-1947 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Island Earth Days 2012 setDUNEDIN Island Earth Days 2012 will be Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, at Honeymoon Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd. Hours will be Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presented by the Friends of Island Parks, Honeymoon Island State Park and Caladesi Island State Park, the event will feature live music and entertainment on an outdoor stage, the Sharkbite Challenge Kayak Race, make-and-take rain barrel workshops, bungee jumping, rock wall, fresh seafood, arts and crafts, environmental vendors, Osprey Village education area, guided nature and beach walks and activities and crafts for kids. A single donation of $8 per vehicle at the gate includes free parking. Pets on a six-foot hand-held leash will be permitted. For information, call 738-2903 or visit www.islandearthdays.com.Weedon to host exhibitST. PETERSBURG The Discovery Reef exhibit will be on display through March 31, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This special traveling exhibit will promote understanding of Floridas coastal and marine environments. The Mote Marine traveling interactive exhibit, Discovery Reef, presents to visitors an opportunity to discover amazing life forms, survival strategies and relationships on coral reefs, and the crucial role of coral reefs in the ocean food web. The exhibit may be viewed Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No registration is required. For information, call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpre serve.org.Weedon to host Wee-TimesST. PETERSBURG Wee-Time at Weedon will be presented Thursdays, March 8 and 22, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. This free program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. Preregistration is required. To register, call 582-2100 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. For information, call 453-6500.Great Weedon Bird Quest setST. PETERSBURG The Great Weedon Bird Quest will be Friday, March 9, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Guests will learn to identify marks and behaviors of the island birds while taking advantage of this free guided hike. Binoculars will be available. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Weedon to host photography hikeST. PETERSBURG A wildflower photography hike will be offered Saturday, March 24, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.Brooker to present Book TimesTARPON SPRINGS Book Time at Brooker will be offered Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this free program connects attendees to the wonders of the natural world. In addition to hearing a great story, children will participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story that is read. Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 582-2100 or visit www.brooker creekpreserve.org. Fish TalesCapt. Tyson Wallerstein
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Shiett Phone: 727-397-5563LETTERSSound off about Largos noiseEditor: Largo: The noisiest city in America. For the life of me, I dont know how we didnt make the Top 10. It is certainly not for a lack of effort upon those motorcyclists, the backhoe operators along the miles of ripped up city and county streets (now its shovel ready), the jackhammers, the garbage trucks bouncing those lift up dumpsters up and down on their truck, the idiot attention seekers with their rolling sound machines not just the teenagers with their 10,000 watt stereos packed in the back seat of their fifth owner primer colored Hondas, but a lot of the Sunstar Ambulance drivers. Hey, its 5 oclock on a Sunday morning; there isnt a soul on the streets. Lets wake some people up. Lean on that horn and siren at the same time, Clyde, as they roll through that intersection that hasnt seen a car come through it for 10 minutes. These are the same idiots who jump medians and drive in the wrong direction on East Bay Drive only to go two more blocks, shut down their lights and sirens, and slink into a parking lot. Guess some other cowboy beat them to that fender bender where they were not needed anyway, but some stupid policy says that the dispatcher cannot call them off even when the police are on the scene and report that there are no injuries. They have to see it with their own eyes. Of course, in doing so, they have to run everyone off the road behind them for miles. Now they block two lanes of traffic while they find out they are not needed. Well, no sense rushing off, lets catch up on whats new with the FD boys and girls who are also not needed here and have decided to block the one remaining lane of open traffic. Google Americas noisiest cities and lets keep up the good work; there is always next year to capture this coveted title the Realtors will love you for doing so. James Precious LargoCongress easily fooled by U.N.Editor: The United Nations was formed after World War II as a vehicle for world leaders to promote world peace, human rights and economic development. Tragically today, the U.N. has evolved into a corrupt and propaganda machine. For example, let us consider the U.N. budgeting progress. The U.S. taxpayers hard-working money has been the largest contributor of the U.N. budget. From my perspective, this is an outrage. Furthermore, the U.N. has descended into antiAmerican and anti-Israeli extremism. Morever, the U.N. General Assembly and Security Counsel are hamstrung by China, Russia and Syria. Additionally, they turn a blind eye to terrorism. Shamefully, the U.N. ignores the fact that approximately two years ago Irans leaders had the audacity to announce their nuclear weapons are complete. Iran threatened to first use them on Israel and parts of Europe. Nonetheless the U.S. Congress is easily fooled by the U.N. I suggest they get to work and defund the U.N. population dues, which will ultimately reward the United States taxpayer. Joan Atkins Palm HarborJeffersons statement misconstruedEditor: There is no such language separation of church and state in the Constitution. The wording of the Amendment is Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The intent of the Constitutions framers was to prevent a state-run religion, such as Englands Anglicanism, headed by the king. In a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802, Thomas Jefferson assured them the Constitution would not ever limit an individuals free expression of religion, reiterating the Constitutions intent. Jeffersons statement was turned around by an activist court in the 1947 case, Everson vs. Board of Education, to mean that the framers of the constitution meant to keep religion out of government. This ruling has become one of the greatest enemies of religious freedom in our nation. Nancy Davis SeminoleView of bailout shortsightedEditor: Republican criticism of the decision to bail out the American automobile industry indicates a collective failure on their part to take into consideration some vital extenuating circumstances. The first of these is that, in spite of the fact the industries mismanagement and shortsighted business models contributed to the problems, there were many well run and operated businesses dependent on their survival. Had General Motors and Chrysler entered into bankruptcy, millions of jobs and thousands of companies would have failed, resulting in economic disaster for the nation. Would Ford have been far behind? The second problem is more long term but we cannot overlook the effect the failure of this segment of our manufacturing industry would have in regard to our national defense. Think if you will where we would have been on Dec. 8, 1941, had there been no automobile industry and no automotive plants with skilled workers, engineers and managers to mobilize for national defense. Where else would we have produced so quickly and so efficiently the planes, tanks and trucks necessary to win World War II? Perhaps the Republicans feel we could order them from China and Russia, the worlds other major arms manufacturers. Robert Shaw Madeira BeachHelp businesses surviveEditor: Recently on a visit to Redington Beach and Madeira, both beautiful beaches, I noticed a couple of small shops, and I could hardly see them. No big signs or arrows showing the way to lets say Joes Shop. I was told they were not allowed to have signs on Gulf Boulevard pointing to their shops. Being very much in favor of small businesses, I think some new ideas should be brought to your boards and rethink this distress to small business. Twenty-five years ago I ran two motels. Mom and pops, so to say. Sunset view. As long as a business is clean, sticks to the laws and pays for his license, why not help him make a living? I am too disgusted with the cities catering to the rich. Lets do a turnaround now. Darlene Lentis Sun City Center Afghan pullout should be immediatePicture this: A powerful Muslim nation, intending to wipe out a ruthless band of terrorists, invades the United States. During the next 10 years, the Muslims overrun the USA and, to a large degree, eliminate the terrorists. However, in the process, the avenging Muslims kill thousands of innocent Americans and turn much of the countrys landscape into a hellish shambles. After a decade of chaos, the Muslims begin to withdraw. One day, a small band of Muslim soldiers acting on the orders of superiors who wouldnt know their ears from their elbows burn a collection of Holy Bibles, just to get them out of the way. Hearing of this, outraged American Christians rise up and try to destroy as many Muslims as they can get their hands on. Query, would you blame them? Answer: Of course not. The foregoing scenario is pretty much what has taken place in Afghanistan during the past three weeks, except that (A) the books burned were copies of the Koran, (B) the offending soldiers were Americans, and (C) the protesters were Muslim civilians who, quite understandably, dont enjoy seeing foreign invaders of another faith burn the writings of Mohammed. Long after the U.S. military has court-martialed the persons responsible for ordering the burning of the Koran, this colossal stupidity will fuel violent attacks on American troops and NATO advisory groups. The Koran-burning is the latest in a series of ominous wakeup calls that have bombarded the White House and the Pentagon. Separately or together, recent events from Afghanistan add up to one unmistakable message: its time for the United States (and all NATO forces) to get out of Afghanistan. Not in 2014. Not next year. Not at the end of 2012. Now. Right now. As fast as a withdrawal can be performed. The U.S. sent forces into Afghanistan for one reason: to find and kill members of Al Qaeda, the terrorist organization responsible for the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. During the ensuing years, much of the Al Qaeda force in Afghanistan has been destroyed. Unfortunately, two other developments have come into play. One, Al Qaeda has moved to other convenient regions, such as Pakistan and Yemen, from which they can easily plan and direct attacks on the West Two, the U.S. government and people somehow deluded ourselves that we could rebuild Afghanistan into something resembling a democracy. That idea is madness. In its long and bloody history, Afghanistan has never been a democracy or any other form of stable, organized government. The nation is a tangled nightmare of warring tribes with no common purpose beyond survival and victory over whoever strays within a tribes gunsights. Added to the tribal conflicts has been the ancient loathing that the Sunni and Shiite branches of the Muslim faith display toward each other. During the Wests occupation of Afghanistan, a degree of progress has been made toward developing a representative and independent government. But the news emerging from Kabul these days strongly suggests that nothing but trouble lies ahead for Afghanistan and any other nation stupid or unlucky enough to be mired in the Afghan swamp. Political corruption is rampant. The nations president, Hamid Karzai, is believed by most observers to be little more than a self-serving crook. Insurgents of various stripes carry out weekly or daily bombings that NATO forces seem unable to prevent. Recent polls show that most Americans are sick of the Afghan war and its toll in our soldiers lives, as well as on U.S. taxpayers dwindling available cash. So why is the U.S. so slow in ringing down the now-bloodstained curtain that George Bush & Co. so fervently raised after the 9/11 attacks? Possible or probable reasons include these: No sitting administration wants to be tagged a cut-and-run gang, especially with a presidential election coming up. The U.S. militaryindustrial complex, which to a large degree runs our country, doesnt want our Mideast involvements to end before another nationbuilding effort (i.e., war) can be started. For the Pentagon and its affiliates, wars are good and, indeed, necessary. In wartime, money flows; generals are promoted; new careers are launched. A more lofty rationale for a slow western withdrawal from Afghanistan is that a sudden departure of troops and advisers would cause an abrupt collapse of the admittedly shaky infrastructure that occupying forces have thus far built. This could very well happen. So what? The disintegration of Afghanistan is likely no matter when it occurs. A curious feature of the current political campaigning is that few of the candidates have taken a strong position for or against our Mideast fighting. The candidates may not care, but millions of thinking Americans do.Bob Driver is a former columnist and editorial page editor for the Clearwater Sun. Send Driver an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drivers SeatBob Driver Brietbart: A provocateur to the endAndrew Breitbarts heart was too big to fail, but it did anyway If you dont know who Breitbart was, you havent been paying attention. A conservative activist, entrepreneur, author, muckraker, media pioneer and performance artist of sorts, in his heart he was a radical. His friends saw him as a fearless truthteller and provocateur. (The word fearless will have to be retired from overuse when all of his obituaries have been written.) His enemies, and they are legion even in death, saw him as the vilest creature who ever slithered upon the earth. Within hours of the news, Twitter lit up with repugnant and ghoulish statements from left-wingers celebrating the premature death of a man with four small children. I wont repeat them because the ones printable in a family newspaper arent representative, and the ones that are representative arent printable. Andrew relished such attacks, truly, because they proved to him that he was having great effect in his work and that his opponents had run out of serious arguments. This is not to say that Andrew was beyond criticism. He made mistakes. He took full swings at some pitches he should have just let go. He overstated some things that needed to be said, and said some things that didnt need to be said at all. He was a human run-on sentence who showed deference to no punctuation mark save the exclamation point, a conservative Tasmanian Devil from the Bugs Bunny cartoons we both grew up on, whirling and whizzing through anything in his path. Giving him a dose of Ritalin to treat his hyperactivity would be like throwing a glass of water on a five-alarm fire. But the hatred his enemies had for him overshot his faults like a dart thrown past the board and over the moon. Others will talk of his accomplishments: working for the Drudge Report in its infancy, creating websites and businesses, pioneering new forms of media and exploiting the inherent weaknesses and pieties of the old media. And many who knew him will talk of his personal kindness: how the only times he slowed down were when he needed to lend an ear, do a favor or talk about how much he loved his family. Those things matter more than the politics, but they are not what made him a public figure. If being kind and loving your family made you famous, countless plumbers, carpenters and accountants would be famous too. No, what made him a public figure is what drove him to leap into battle day after day. Andrew had profound contempt for those on the left who claimed a birthright to a monopoly on virtue and tolerance. He rejected in the marrow of his bones the idea that conservatives needed to apologize for being conservative or that liberals had any special authority to pronounce on the political decency and honesty of others. Indeed, when liberals called him (or his heroes) racist, Andrew paid them the compliment of taking them seriously. He truly felt that to call someone a racist was as profound an insult as could be leveled. To do so without evidence or logic was a sin. He believed, rightly, that much of establishment liberalism hurls such charges as a way to bully opponents into silence, and he would not be bullied. That was why, for instance, he offered a reward of $100,000 (payable to the United Negro College Fund) to anybody who could prove tea partiers hurled racial epithets over and over at black congressmen walking past them to vote on ObamaCare, as several alleged. No one got paid because the charge recycled over and over by the media was a lie. The Internet was a boon to Andrew because it exposed liberalisms undeserved monopoly on the narrative one of his favorite words. Minutes won awards for hidden cameras, but when he used the same technique to embarrass liberals, such tactics were suddenly proclaimed ethically beyond the pale. The joke was on the scolds because they had to cover the stories anyway. And the stories got results. Congress defunded ACORN. Heads rolled at NPR. Andrew understood that news and arguments change politics if you can get the news and arguments to the people and if you dont let those who dont like what you say define you. Whatever his faults, that was my friends great and remarkable strength: He never let the bastards get him down. That took away his enemies greatest power, and they hated him all the more for it.Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of the forthcoming book The Tyranny of Clichs. You can write to him in care of this newspaper or by email at JonahsColumn @aol.com, or via Twitter@JonahNRO. Jonah Goldberg Please type letters to the editor (or print legibly) and include your name, town of residence, phone number and signature and mail to Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772. 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Morton Plant programs14A Community Leader, March 8, 2012 Providing quality healthcare to the Seminole/Largo communities for over 35 years. A 2nd generation of physicians, Dr.s Todd Clarkson and Donald Collins remain committed to maintaining the standards and traditions of excellence their patients expect and deserve.our physicians and three Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners work out of 2 office locations. Our East Bay Medical Center offers visits during Lunchtime hours to better meet your scheduling needs.F F2 Convenient Locations to Better Serve You. Oakhurst Medical Clinic13020 Park Blvd., Seminole, FL 33776 727-393-3404East Bay Medical Center3800 East Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33771 727-539-0505 www.oakmed.comMedicare, Humana Medicare Advantage Plan, and most other insurance plans accepted. 021612Todd Clarkson, D.O. Donald Collins, D.O. Ronald Mall, D.O. Roger Schwartzberg, D.O.,F.A.A.I.M. Betsy Parker, A.R.N.P Gail Quail MSN, A.R.N.P.C. John Jarboe A.R.N.P. 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Participating locations include: Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo Bardmoor Outpatient and Surgery Center, 8787 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor Mease Dunedin Hospital, 601 Main St., Dunedin Morton Plant Hospital, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity Powell Cancer Center, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant Street, Clearwater Sarah Walker Womens Center, 300 Pinellas Street, ClearwaterFollowing is a list of March support groups and pr esentations:Wellness Cancer Cancer Support Group (Women) Tuesdays, March 13 and 27, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library, fourth floor. Coping With Cancer Diagnosis: Toolkit for Patients, Families and Caregivers Wednesday, March 14 and 28, 4 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library. Head and Neck Cancer Support Group Monday, March 26, 7 p.m., Lansky Pavilion at Bardmoor Outpatient Center, Administrative Conference Room. Look Good, Feel Better Monday, March 12, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion, Oncology Services Conference Room, second floor. LUNA de Pinellas Tuesday, March 13, 6 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Axelrod Pavilion, second Floor, Bernard F. Powell Conference Room. Multiple Myeloma Educational Group Saturday, March 3, 10:30 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 3. Prostate Cancer Discussion Group Tuesday, March 13, 2 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, fourth Floor, Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library. Thyroid Cancer Support Group Saturday, March 10, 10:30 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium D. Wellness Cardiac/circulation ICD Support Group Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m., Mease Dunedin Hospital. Meeting room 3. Wellness Caregivers Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group Mondays, March 12 and 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114. Early Stage Alzheimers Support Group for Patients Mondays, March 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114. Wellness Parenting Big Brothers/Big Sisters Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, fifth floor Conference Room. Big Brothers/Big Sisters Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room. Birth Center Tour Wednesday, March 7, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Birth Center Tour Wednesday, March 14, 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m., Sarah Walker Womens Center. Birth Center Tour Sundays, March 4 and 18, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Sarah Walker Womens Center. Birth Center Tour Sunday, March 25, 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Bootcamp For New Dads Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditoriums A and B. Breastfeeding Part 1 Monday, March 5, 7 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Breastfeeding Part 1 Saturday, March 31, 1 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Breastfeeding Part 1 Sunday, March 25, 1 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Breastfeeding Part 1 Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first Floor Conference Room: Fee. Breastfeeding Part 1 Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m., Powell Cancer Center, first Floor Conference Room: Fee. Breastfeeding Out and About Part 2 Tuesday, March 6, 10 a.m., Powell Cancer Center, first Floor Conference Room: Fee. Breastfeeding Mothers Group Wednesdays, March 14 and 28, 10 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, fifth floor classroom. Car Seat Safety Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital. Car Seat Safety Saturday, March 10, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Cancer Center, first Floor Conference Room. Discount Car Seat Safety Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 p.m., St. Josephs Childrens Specialty Center at Mease Countryside Hospital: Fee. Expectant parents will learn how to install a car seat properly and receive a car seat after completing the class. A vehicle with working seat belts must be available during class. Childbirth Preparation (two week series) Mondays, March 12 and 19, 7 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first Floor Conference Room: Fee. Childbirth Preparation (two week series) Tuesdays, March 13 and 20, 7 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Childbirth Preparation (half day intensive) Sunday, March 11, 1 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Childbirth Preparation (natural) Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Childbirth Preparation (half day intensive) Sunday, March 18, 1 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Childbirth Preparation (half day intensive) Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Infant/Child CPR Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m., Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium A and B: Fee. Newborn Care Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Newborn Care Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5: Fee. Newborn Care Monday, March 26, 7 p.m., Powell Cancer Center, first floor Conference Room: Fee. Baby Boot Camp Every Monday, 5:30 p.m., Dunedin Community Center: Fee. Baby Boot Camp Every Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m., Dunedin Community Center: Fee.Wellness Other AWAKE: Sleep Disorder Support Group for Apnea Wednesday, March 21, 6 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 3. Bariatric Support Group Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m., Mease Dunedin Hospital, Meeting Room 2. CPAP / BI-PAP Clinic Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 10 a.m. to noon, BayCare Outpatient Center, Sleep Disorders Center, Ste. 103. CPAP / BI-PAP Clinic Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, Sleep Disorders Center, Ste. 120. CPAP / BI-PAP Clinic Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 9 a.m. to noon, Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Sleep Disorders Center, Ste. 210. Diabetes Support Group Tuesday, March 20, 3 p.m., Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 and 5. Diabetes Support Group Tuesday, March 27, 6 p.m., CheekPowell Heart and Vascular Pavilion at Morton Plant Hospital, second floor Conference Room A.Chili cookoff set for March 24LARGO The Unstoppables chili cook-off to benefit the MS Walk will be held Saturday, March 24, 2 to 6 p.m., at the Ageing Still, 11561 Walsingham Road. The tasting begins at 4 p.m. Prizes, raffles, give-a-ways and drink specials will be featured. The MS walk will be held Saturday, March 31, at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. Check-in begins at 8 a.m.; kick-off is 9 a.m.Moms at Heart to meetLARGO Moms at Heart will meet Monday, March 12, 9 to 11:30 a.m.; and Wednesday, March 14, 6:45 to 8 p.m., in the Education Center, Room EC252, at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road. The group meets monthly. Moms at Heart offers an environment of encouragement and support, a place to make new friends, find parenting help and learn new skills. Light food and drinks will be available. Guest speaker Erica McNeal will speak on equipping people to love well through life and in difficult times. Expectant moms, single moms, married moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms and grand moms are welcome. Register online at www.indianrocks.org. Attendees must preregister children who need childcare. For general information about First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, call 595-3421 or visit www.indianrocks.org.Church sponsors fish fryCLEARWATER Wards Seafood Market will sponsor a fish fry fundraising event Friday, March 16, at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1955 S. Belcher Road. The meal will include fried fish, hushpuppies, coleslaw and drink and cookie. Cost is $8. A pizza meal also will be available for $4. Those attending can drive up and receive the meal take-out style. Proceeds will benefit the building fund for the church. For advance tickets, call 5317721.Relay for Life set for April 21LARGO The Relay for Life of Largo will be held Saturday, April 21, 2 to 8 p.m., at Largo Central Park Drive. Cancer survivors are the guests of honor at the relays. Events may offer survivors special T-shirts or sashes or hold a special reception for survivors and care givers. The opening ceremony for this years Largo event starts at 2 p.m. in the park. The survivors lap is set for 2:30 p.m. and the luminaria ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. The closing ceremony will be held Sunday, April 22, 8 a.m. To find out how to get involved as a sponsor or a team, visit www.relayfor life.org/largofl, email email@example.com or call 812-7026.Highland to host puppy preschool LARGO Puppy preschool classes will be offered April 3-24 at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. Classes are Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. This social development and training course teaches puppies basic off-leash control, chew toy training, socialization with other dogs and people, play-biting, and house training. Puppy preschool is for dogs 10 to 14 weeks old. All puppies must have the first set of vaccinations 10 days prior to the start of class. Cost for the four-week session is $65 for residents and $81.25 for nonresidents. For information or to register, call 518-3016 or visit PlayLargo. com.Orchid Society to meetLARGO The Florida West Coast Orchid Society will meet Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m., at the Pinellas County Extension Center, 12520 Ulmerton Road. The meeting will begin with an educational class on the culture of tolumnias and equitant orchids, presented by Leslie Belew. At 7:30 p.m., Bill Thomas will discuss orchid hunting in the Philippines. Call Cheryl Finke at 420-7230.Speaker to address national debtPINELLAS PARK Blaise Ingoglia of the Government Gone Wild website will speak at a free event hosted by the South Pinellas 912 Patriots Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Library conference room, 7770 52nd St. Ingoglia, a Florida businessman, produced a YouTube video Government Gone Wild Brother Can You Spare a Trillion, which has more than 5 million views and was the websites No. 5 most watched political video in 2011. Ingoglia aims to break down the topic of the federal governments debt so that its easy for audiences to understand. For more information about the South Pinellas 912 Patriots, a Tea Party group, visit www.912 pinellas.org.Senior social group meets monthlyPINELLAS PARK Solos Singles, a group for singles ages 50 and older, welcomes Whistling Tom during its potluck lunch on Monday, March 12, 1:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Recreation Center, 7625 59th St. N. To participate, bring a dish to share and $2 or come without a dish for $5. Meet new friends at the nonprofit clubs monthly potluck lunch on second Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Membership is free. The scheduled entertainment for April 9 is a fashion show. Call president Pat Carta at 520-8797. Here and there Here and there
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Elder received the Blue Jacket of the Quarter earlier this year and has recently received the Naval Achievement Medal. Elder completed basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Ill., in early 2010 and subsequently graduated with honors from CM A School at the Naval Construction Training Center, Port Hueneme, Calif. Elder currently serves with the Navy Cargo Handling Battalion, Marine Corps Support Facility, Blount Island.Michael WilliamsCLEARWATER Marine Corps Pfc. Michael Williams recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Williams is the son of Michael Williams, of Clearwater.Marcus ParkerLARGO Marine Corps Pvt. Marcus Parker recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Parker is the son of Shawuana Williams of Largo and Marcus Parker of St. Petersburg.Camilo ValenciaLARGO Marine Corps Pfc. Camilo Valencia recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Valencia is the son of Libia Montoya of Largo.Aariel LovelyLARGO Marine Corps Pvt. Aariel A. Lovely recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Lovely is the daughter of Sheri and Thomas Lovely of Largo.Joshua Allen CLEARWATER Air National Guard Airman Joshua Allen recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Allen is the son of Cleo Allen of Clearwater. He is a 2003 graduate of St. Petersburg Catholic High School. He earned an associate degree in 2008 from Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge.Danielle Shawver SAFETY HARBOR Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Danielle Shawver recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Shawver is the daughter of Cheryl Lewis of Safety Harbor. She is a 2005 graduate of Flowing Wells High School, Tucson, Ariz.Anthony Augustine ST. PETERSBURG Army Cadet Anthony Augustine recently enrolled in the Army ROTC program at Virginia Military Institute. Augustine is a student at Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va. He is the son of Tara Augustine of St. Petersburg. He graduated in 2009 from Admiral Farragut Academy. Upon graduation and completion of ROTC Military Science courses at the host university, the cadet will receive a bachelors degree and a commission of second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.Steven R. Gosser INDIAN ROCKS BEACH Army Pfc. Steven R. Gosser recently graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. Gosser is the son of Judy Smith of Indian Rocks Beach, and David Gosser of Tampa.Roxanna S. Reyes CLEARWATER Air Force Staff Sgt. Roxanna S. Reyes is returning to the United States after a deployment to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Reyes is the daughter of Susan Hollingshead and sister of Nancy Hollingshead and Luis Wood, Mo. The course of instruction included basic military training and advanced individual training. Candeias is the grandson of John and Kathleen Ross of Tarpon Springs. He is a 2011 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School.Damone Lewis SEMINOLE Air Force Airman Damone Lewis recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Lewis is the son of Michelle Lewis of Seminole. He is a 2009 graduate of Countryside High School, Clearwater.Kiel MartinSEMINOLE Marine Corps Pvt. Kiel Martin recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Martin is the son of Timothy Martin of Seminole. He is a 2009 graduate of Seminole High School. He joined the Marine Corps in May 2011. G. Reyes, all of Clearwater. She is a 2000 graduate of Clearwater High School. Reyes is a combined air and space operations center awards and decorations monitor assigned to the 6th Force Support Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base. The staff sergeant has served in the military for nine years. Operation Enduring Freedom is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in South, Southwest and Central Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific and Europe. Operation New Dawn is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners serving in Iraq and in the Iraqi Theater of Operations. Operation New Dawn officially ended Dec. 15, 2011.Park M. SuskiSEMINOLE Park M. Suski recently received an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and accepted. Suski will report on June 25. He is the son of Jeff and Terry Suski of Seminole.Spencer VoghtSEMINOLE Air Force Airman Spencer Voght recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antono, Texas. Voght is the son of Scott and Patty Voght of Seminole. He is a 2007 graduate of Seminole High School.Nickolas WrightLARGO Navy Seaman Apprentice Nickolas Wright was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Wright is the son of Amy L. and Charles W. Wright of Largo. Wright is a 2011 graduate of Largo High School.Christopher Moore ST. PETERSBURG Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Moore recently was decorated with the Army Commendation Medal. Moore is the son of Brenda Moore of St. Petersburg. The staff sergeant is a 1998 graduate of Gibbs High School. The medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, have distinguished themselves by acts of heroism, meritorious achievement or meritorious service. Moore earned the medal while serving as an advanced individual training instructor attached to A Battery, 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery, 428th Brigade, Fort Sill, Okla. He has served 13 years in the military. Joshua Foley Air Force Airman Joshua Foley recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Foley is the son of Carolyn and Leo Dillon of Pinellas Park. He is a 2011 graduate of Pinellas Park High School.Sterling Totten Air Force Airman Sterling E. Totten recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Totten is the daughter of Maureen Mitchell of Fort Lauderdale, and Lynn Dale Totten Jr. of St. Petersburg. She is a 2011 graduate of South Plantation High School.Charles Abrahams Navy Seaman Apprentice Charles Abrahams recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Abrahams is the son of Amy I. Denham of Palm Harbor and Hill B. Abrahams of Clearwater. He is a 2008 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School.Phillip HorelleSAFETY HARBOR Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Phillip Horelle recently completed the basic engineer equipment electrical systems technician course. Horelle is the son of Varda and Guy Horelle of Safety Harbor. He is a 2008 graduate of Redlands High School of Redlands, Calif. and joined the Marine Corps in April 2010. During the classroom instruction and practical application at Marine Corps Engineer School, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Horelle received training on the operation, maintenance and repair of field power generating equipment. Horelle also studied electrical theory, operating principles of alternating and direct current generators and control devices. John Scacca CLEARWATER Air Force Airman John Scacca graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Scacca is the son of John and Christina Scacca of Clearwater. He is a 2011 graduate of Countryside High School.Dustin CooksonSEMINOLE Air Force Reserve Airman Dustin Cookson graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Cookson is the grandson of Janet Cookson of Seminole. He is a 2010 graduate of Largo High School.Chevenia Anderson ST. PETERSBURG Air Force Airman Chevenia Anderson recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Anderson is the daughter of Suzette and stepdaughter of Anthony Stokes of St. Petersburg. She is a 2011 graduate of Lakewood High School.Ryan Candeias TARPON SPRINGS Army Pvt. Ryan Candeias recently graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard
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Previews InternationalLuxury Home Specialist Actors Networking Group meets Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., at 1653 Monterey Drive, Clearwater. Reservations required. Call 581-1677. AARP 55 Alive Mature Driving Classes, for drivers over 50, are taught by trained volunteers in two four-hour sessions. Graduates may be eligible for auto insurance discounts for the following three years. Cost is $10. Call 888-227-7669. American Legion Post 7 plays bingo on Thursdays at noon. Cef Alteri serves dinner on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 5 to 8 p.m., at 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Music for dancing is offered Mondays 7 to 10 p.m. Call 447-9204. American Legion Post 273, 600 American Legion Drive, Madeira Beach, hosts a fish and fry on Fridays. Call 391-3670. American Legion Post 119 hosts dances featuring music from the s second and fourth Wednesdays, at the Post, 130 First Ave. SW., Largo. Call 5851225. American Legion Post 104 serves dinner Fridays, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the post, 7550 60th St. N., Pinellas Park. Call 5445137. Ballroom Dances and Instruction, meets Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard at 106th Ave.; and Thursdays, 7:45 to 9:30 p.m., at City Hall Auditorium, 120 108th Ave. Cost is $5 a session. Call John Tebo at 410-0251. Bay Area Macintosh User Group, Clearwater chapter, meets fourth Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., at Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St., Clearwater. Email vicepresident@bam central.org. Bay Area Macintosh User Group, meets second Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Email presi email@example.com. Bay Bouquet Garden Club, meets the third Wednesday September to May, 9:30 a.m., at Dunedin Library, 223 Douglas Ave. Call 736-5593. Begin With Me AFG, meets Sundays, 7:30 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 8 p.m., at the Lutheran Church of the Palms, 2250 Nebraska Ave., Second Floor, Room 10, Palm Harbor. Call 548-6811. British Floridian Club, meets the first Saturday of the month at VFW Post 10174, 10997 72nd Ave., Seminole. All people of British heritage are invited. Call Vera at 394-2767 or Dorinda at 578-5471 for details. Bay Area Button Society, meets the fourth Saturday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Safety Harbor library meeting room, 101 Second St. N. The society meets the fourth Monday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Pinellas Park Library meeting room, 7750 52nd St. Call 5817068. Central Pinellas Republican Club, meets second Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., at Super Buffet, Seminole Mall (Park Boulevard and 113th Street). Luncheon meeting features speakers and timely political topics. Call Karen Donovan at 687-1318. CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention-Decit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, meets first Tuesdays, 7 to 8:45 p.m., at Bay Pines VA Medical Center, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Building 20, in the medical auditorium. Visit www.chaddonline.org/ chapters/chadd601.html. The Clearwater GFWC Community Womans Club, meets third Tuesdays, September to May, 10 a.m., at Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola St. Call 394-2229. Church of the Isles Golf Group, meets Tuesdays, 9:15 Photo by BOB McCLUREAmanda Miner, of the Conch Republic Grill, 16699 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach, dishes up a plate of food during the annual Food For Thought fundraiser March 3 at the Madeira Beach Recreation Center.Food For Thoughta.m., at the Pinecrest Golf Course, 1200 Eighth Ave. SW. Call 595-1038. Clearwater Civitan Club, meets first and third Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., at the Heritage United Methodist Church, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. Call 584-0461. Daughters of Italy Lodge #2825, meets last Thursday of each month, 6 p.m., at the Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. Open to Italian and non-Italian women 18 years and older. Call Vincenza DiLiberti at 447-6890, 455-1521 or visit www.daugh tersofitaly.com. Democratic Womens Club of Upper Pinellas, meets fourth Mondays, 11:30 a.m., at Golden Corral Buffet in Largo, 10050 Ulmerton Road. Call Mary Freeman at 581-4630 for more information. Disabled American Veterans Chapter 11, hosts a pancake breakfast first Saturdays, 8 to 11 a.m., at 219 South Betty Lane, Clearwater, for $3 ($1.50 children 8 and younger). Call 631-0185.. Dunedin Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin, meets second Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for lunch, a speaker and cards. For location, call Sylvia at 736-3253. The Dunedin-Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550 hosts a fish/ shrimp fry every Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 360 Douglas Ave. The post sponsors bingo Wednesday and Friday. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Bingo starts at noon. Lunch is available. Call 733-6107. The Dunedin Youth Guild meets the third Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. for dinner, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1620 Pinehurst Road. Call 734-0394. Florida West Coast Woodturners, meets first Thursdays, 7 p.m., in the meeting hall across from St. Pauls United Methodist Church, 1520 Rosery Road E., Largo. Visit www.FWC WT.org. Florida Writers Association, meets second Thursdays, 7 p.m., at the West Community Branch Library, 6700 Eighth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Call 321-6783. Forgotten Korean Vets, meets second Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., at the American Legion Post 7, 1760 Turner St., Clearwater. Call 397-8801. Genealogy Assistance is available on Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m., at Dunedin Library, Room 4, 223 Douglas Ave. Call Mary at 733-5383. German-American Society, meets for a German dance on Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., at 8098 66th St. N., Pinellas Park. Doors open at 7. Call 596-7581. GFWC Seminole Junior Womans Club meets fourth Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., at Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N. Call 398-0558. Pinellas Seminole Womans Club meets fourth Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., in Roskamp Auditorium at Freedom Square, 7800 Liberty Lane. No meetings from June through August. Call Maggie at 329-8003. Clearwater Community Womans Club meets third Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., at Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave. Call 394-2229. Greater Pinellas Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, meets Mondays, 6:45 p.m., at The Largo Community Center, 440 Alternate Keene Road, Largo. No previous training necessary. Call Don at 786-1739. Gulfport Casino Swing Night, offers dance lessons on Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., followed by dancing, 8 to 11 p.m., at 5500 Shore Blvd. S. $7 admission includes lesson, dance, prize giveaways and mixers. Smoke-free and open to all ages. Call 893-1070 or visit www.swin gtime.info. Hearing Loss Association of America, Clearwater chapter, meets first Tuesdays, 3 p.m., at Morton Plant Hospital Complex, second floor, Room A, CheekPowell Pavilion, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Live caption and light refreshments are provided. Admission is free. Heart of Pinellas Decorative Painters, meets second Saturdays, 10 a.m. For information go to www.hpdafl.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The club is open to all who have an interest in painting with acrylics, watercolor, oil, and other mediums. It is the local affiliate of the international organization, Society of Decorative Painters. Island Community Theatre, meets second Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Gators Caf and Saloon, 12754 Kingfish Drive, Treasure Island. The group performs throughout the beach area and welcomes new members and volunteers for all areas of theater production. Call 3451474. Italian American Club of Greater Clearwater, hosts a pasta dinner on Tuesdays, 5 to 8:30 p.m., at 200 McMullen Booth Road. Cost is $8 members, $10 nonmembers. The club also hosts dinner and dancing every other Saturday, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Cost is $13 members, $16 nonmembers. Call 791-8698. Just Over Youth, for seniors over 50, meets Thursdays, 10 a.m., at the Pinellas Park Wesleyan Church, 4400 70th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. Program varies each week from Bible study, pitch-in-dinner, community out-visit and spiritual enrichment. Call Sandra Turner at 526-3674. Kinship Groups, hosted by Kinship Care Family Resources, meets third Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Family Resources Shelter, 1615 Union St., Clearwater; second and fourth Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Family Resources Shelter, 3821 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg; and fourth Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. The group supports grandparents raising grandchildren. Free. Call 550-4250. Kiwanis Clubs: Countryside Clearwater meets Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m., at Eves Family Restaurant, 3150 State Road 584, Oldsmar. Dunedin meets Thursday, 7:30 a.m., at Meeting Room 1, at Mease-Morton Plant Hospital in Dunedin. Greater Clearwater meets Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at the Golden Coin Restaurant, 1844 N. Highland Ave. Gulf Beaches meets Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., in the training room upstairs at the Madeira Beach Publix, at 662 150th Ave. Holiday meets Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m., at Four Seasons Restaurant, 3350 Grand Blvd., Holiday. Largo/Mid-Pinellas meets Fridays, 7:30 a.m., Royal Palms of Largo, 200 Lake Ave. NE. and noon on the second Fridays. Midtown meets Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m., at St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. Palm Harbor area meets Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m. at Tiffanys Restaurant, 35000 U.S. 19 N. Pinellas Park meets Thursdays, 12:15 p.m., at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd. Safety Harbor meets Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m., at Paradise Restaurant, 443 Main St. Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square Town Hall. Call 394-2582. Seminole Breakfast meets Tuesdays, 7:15 a.m., at Seminole Family Restaurant, 6864 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Call 319-8343 or email drtslsmn@ msn.com. Springtime City meets Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Oriental Super Buffet, 2456 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. St. Petersburg meets Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m., at The Orange Blossom, 220 Fourth St. N. Sunshine City meets Friday, 12:15 p.m., at Piccadilly, 1900 34th St. N. West Pasco meets Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., at Demetris Restaurant, Sunset Road, New Port Richey. Key Club meets Fridays, 12:30 p.m., at Largo High School, Room D-23. Knights of Columbus-7621, meets first and third Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Saint Ignatius Church, Tarpon Springs. Call 504-9389. Korean War Veterans Associations: Sunshine State Chapter meets second Thursdays, 7 p.m., at American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd. Call Peter Palmer at 584-7143 or Tony Lemons at 736-1993. La Leche League International, meets third Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Church of the Good Shepherd Nursery, 639 Edgewater Drive, Dunedin. All breastfeeding mothers welcome. Email email@example.com. Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4364, meets first Mondays, 7 p.m., at the post, 5773 62nd St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 5465525. Largo Bible Study Meetup Group, meets Sundays, 11 a.m., at The Hampton Inn, 100 East Bay Drive, Theatre B, Largo. Verse-by-verse Bible study and coffee. Sponsored by West Bay Community Church. Call 6871318 or email StudyTheBible@ verizon.net. Ladies Coffee Club, meets last Fridays, 8 a.m., at the Sun Trust Building, 601 Cleveland St. Call 462-2308 or email can firstname.lastname@example.org. Largo Founding Group, meets Mondays at 8:30 a.m., at Acropol Family Restaurant, 1170 Starkey Road, Call Nancy Giles at 776-9888. Largo Historical Society, meets second Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at the Historic Largo Feed Store, Largo, Central Park Drive. The club has a potluck dinner and speakers discuss historical topics. Anybody interested in the history of Largo and the surrounding area is invited. Guests are asked to bring a main dish, vegetable and dessert to share, plus their own place setting. See EVENTS, page 17A
Community 17A Leader, March 8, 2012 Obituaries Nancy Ann BAKER90, passed away on February 27, 2012 in Seminole, Fla. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and was a Legacy member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Nancy retired to Florida after 35 years as a teacher-librarian. She promptly launched into over 12 years of civic service; to include homeowners associations, Crime Watch programs and U.S. Census surveys. She served as a Kenneth City, Fla. Councilwoman for six years, and two years as the citys first female Vice-Mayor. She was named their Citizen of the Year. She is survived by her sister-in-law; two nieces; two nephews and great aunt to their 11 children. She is predeceased by her parents and brother. Nancy loved the concept of angels and emulated their cheerfulness and kindheartedness. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Freedom Squares Town Hall in Seminole. Arrangements are entrusted to A Life Tribute Funeral Care with interment in Pittsburgh, Pa. ObituariesRecognizing that some readers wish to share the life and loss of a loved one with the community, Tampa Bay Newspapers publishes paid obituaries in our weekly papers. The deadline for submitting obituary information is 9 a.m. on Monday, for that weeks papers. Obituaries will publish in all six of our papers. Obituary information should include: full name, age, city and date of death. You may also choose to include the names of living and/or predeceased relatives, work history, clubs and/or activities that they participated in. If you wish to include the name of the funeral home handling arrangements keep in mind that we are a weekly publication and the paper may publish after the services have taken place. For further information, including cost, please call Tampa Bay Newspapers at 727-397-5563, or you can submit your information through our Web site, www.TBNweekly.com, or by e-mail at: obits@TBNweekly.com.80510 Church And Temple DirectoryL021612 St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1955 S. Belcher Road ClearwaterParish Administration Ofce 727-531-7721 www.SCOSParish.orgDAILY MASS: Monday Friday 7:00am Monday & Wednesday 11:00 am Saturday 8:00 am CONFESSION SCHEDULE: Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am 10:50 am Saturday 3:00 pm 3:50 pm WEEKEND MASS: Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm Sunday 7:00 am & 9:00 am(Family Mass)11:00 am(Traditional Choir) 6:00 pm(Contemporary Choir)80510 Tell the Public About Your Services Call397-5563 Tell the Public About Your Services Call 397-5563 8771 Park Blvd. SeminoleCorner of Park Blvd. & Starkey Rd. next to Save-a-LotHeirs of Promise ChurchPastor Jim & April Licensed & Ordained Through Rhema Bible A Non Denominational / Spirit Filled Church397-0806 www.heirsofpromise.com Bible Foundations Class Nursery Contemporary Worship PrayerSunday Service................................................10:30 AM Childrens Church...........................................10:30 AM Thursday Midweek Service...............................7:00 PM121511 021612 010512 030812 122911 030812 022312 EVENTS, from page 16ACall Marilyn at 581-0111. Largo Womans Club, meets the first Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m., at Royal Palms, Palms of Largo. Call Gloria Helms at 313-8149. Lions Clubs: Clearwater noon meets the first and third Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m. Call 386-5161. Clearwater evening meets the first and third Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Golden Coin Restaurant, 1844 N. Highland Ave. Call 216-3759. Largo meets on the first and third Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., at Thirsty Marlin, 351 West Bay Drive. Call 586-4344. Largo Republican Club, meets third Mondays, 6 p.m., at Alfanos Restaurant, 1702 Clearwater-Largo Road, Belleair. Registration starts at 5:30. The evening includes dinner and an informative meeting with various speakers of interest to the community. Cost is $18 for dinner, tax and tip. To RSVP call 687-1318. Largo-Seminole Community Chorus, meets Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Imperial Palms East Clubhouse, Largo. No audition is necessary; the group sings upbeat Broadway tunes, standards, inspirational and seasonal music. Call Melanie McWilliams at 393-4843. Madeira Beach Seniors Club, meets first Mondays, 1 p.m., at the Madeira Beach City Hall Auditorium. Meetings feature a guest entertainer or speaker and refreshments are served. The club also provides opportunities for seniors to travel as a group to various events and places at reduced rates. Seniors aged 50 and over are invited. Magic Keys Organ Club, meets third Saturdays, November through March, at Bickley Park, 5640 Seminole Blvd. This social group gathers to listen to an organ program followed by coffee, cookies and social chatter. Call Jim at 398-3918. Marine Corps League, Morris F. Dixon Jr. Detachment, meets second Mondays, 7 p.m., at 1056 Jasper St., Largo. Call 392-2329. Masonic Lodge 291, Gulf Beaches, meets Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at 14020 Marguerite Drive, Madeira Beach. A breakfast is served to the public first Sundays, 9 to 11 a.m. Call 3918073, visit www.gulfbeachlodge .org or email Secretary@gulf beachlodge.org. Metropolitan Amateur Radio Repeater Association, meets second Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Park Train Station. Call Herb at 501-5519. Microcomputer Users Group, meets first Wednesdays, 6 p.m., at the Largo Library, 120 Central Park Drive. Call 5351044. Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, meets second Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., November through April, at Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1900 34th St. N. Joy Katcen Guthrey performs at February meeting. Call Wendy Risk at 572-9854. Mid Singles Groups, meets second and fourth Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, in the library by the fountain. The group is for ages 40 to 65. Activities include beach walks, dinner, movie and game nights and community service. Call Hank Mays at 867-8516. Military Ofcers Association of America, meets fourth Wednesdays, 11 a.m., for social hour, followed by lunch at noon, at Cove Cay Country Club, 17556 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Call Skip Hartnett at 733-8646. Minnesota Club, meets the first Wednesday of the month, October through April, at different restaurants. Call Marquetta Origer at 517-0874. The Moms Club of Largo meets monthly at the Largo Library and has weekly play groups. Visit MOMSClubofLargo @yahoo.com or email MOMS ClubofLargo@yahoo.com. Mothers and More of Largo/ Seminole, meets last Mondays, 7 p.m., at Seminole Community Library, Room A, 9200 113th St. N. Email creativemommy2@ yahoo.com. National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Clearwater Chapter 259, meets for refreshments and socializing first Wednesdays (except July and August), 1 p.m., at the Clearwater East Library, 2251 Drew St. Meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. Blue Cross/Blue Shield Rep will cover FEHBP changes. Call 599-2031. National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Largo-Seminole Chapter 845, meets first Tuesdays, at different venues each month. Speakers begin at 12:15 p.m., followed by a business meeting. Guests may eat lunch before or after the meeting. Call Susan at 3978232 for locations. Native New Yorkers of Tampa Bay, meets monthly on different Sundays at various locations. Call Arlyne Popick at 585-0992 or email ATP1946@ yahoo.com. New Neighbors, meets first Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at Kissin Cuzzins Restaurant, 28910 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. This is a womans group for meeting new friends, social activities and informative programs. Cost is $4.50 and includes dessert, beverage and program. Call 7962006. Newcomers Club of Greater Dunedin, meets second Thursdays, 11:30 a.m., at the Dunedin Golf Club. For information on the next meeting, call Sylvia Bock at 736-3253. North Pinellas All Childrens Hospital Guild, meets third Mondays, 7 p.m., at various locations. Call Joyce at 943-2464. North Pinellas County Democratic Club, meets second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at the Clearwater Countryside Library. Call Joyce at 538-0043. Overeaters Anonymous, meets Mondays, 7 p.m., at Friendship United Methodist Church, 2039 East Druid Road, Clearwater; and Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., at Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Call 800544-6353. Palm Harbor Mens Barbershop Chorus, meets Mondays, 6:45 p.m., at the Palm Harbor Senior Activity Center, 1500 16th St. The 60-man chorus seeks tenors, leads, baritones and basses. Call 773-0049. Palm Harbor Newcomers Alumnae and Friends Club, meets first Thursdays, 11 a.m., at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 300 East Lake Fairway, Oldsmar. For reservations, call Pat at 786-2110. Parkinsons Support Group, meets third Tuesdays, noon, at Cypress Palms, 400 Lake Ave. NE, Largo. Roni Hellwig, a registered nurse, acts as facilitator. A light lunch is served. To RSVP, call 437-1639. Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, meets third Mondays, every other month, 1 to 3 p.m., at Paneras in Bardmoor Shopping Center at the intersection of Starkey and Bryan Dairy roads. Coffee, tea and lunch will be available for purchase. Call Patricia Albrecht at 578-5526. Peoples Spiritualist Church Healing and Peace Meditation, meets Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., at Peoples Spiritualist Church, 1011 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Program includes discussion, healing, peace meditation and chakra balancing. Email email@example.com. Pet loss support group, meets second Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Pinellas Animal Foundation, 10825 Seminole Blvd., Building A, Unit 3, Seminole. Call 347-PETS. PINAWOR writers group, meets Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Highland Recreation Complex, 400 N. Highland Ave., Largo. Members read their work and receive helpful critiquing from the other writers. Go to Pinawor.org. Pinellas Genealogy Society, family history workshops, meets the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m., Largo Library, Jenkins Room. All visitors welcome. Phone 586-7410, or go to www.rootsweb.ancestry .com/~flpgs/ Pinellas Homeschool LEGO Club, meets second and fourth Fridays, 2:30 p.m., at Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park. Email jknsm@hot mail.com. Pinellas Opera League, meets first Wednesdays, October through June, 11 a.m., at the Dunedin Country Club, 1050 Palm Blvd., Dunedin. Cost for luncheon and performance is $20. For reservations, call Nancy at 738-4007. Pinellas Parent Educators Association, meets first Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Suncoast Community Church, 12855 110th Ave. N., Largo; and second Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at Glad Tidings Church, 4200 17th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra, rehearses on Mondays, 7:30 p.m., September through March, at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center. Concerts are held first Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Call 415-9650.Announcements are submitted by the public; information is subject to change. To place an item in the ongoing calendar or networking leads, send it at least two weeks in advance to CalendarLeads, Tampa Bay Newspapers, 9911 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772, or e-mail ed itorial@TBNweekly.com. Please include date, time, place and phone number and dont forget to send a notification when the information changes, or the group stops meeting. MistyMisty is a 7-month-old kitten that was tossed aside in a sealed cardboard box on a dirt driveway. She had no food, no water, and no chance to escape. That was two months ago, but after some veterinary care and a lot of TLC from the Suncoast Animal League volunteers, shes healthy now and is ready to start a new life with a loving family. Misty is a very sweet, affectionate kitten and is really coming out of her shell. She doesnt mind other cats or calm kids and dogs. Adopt Misty at the Suncoast Animal League, 1030 Pennsylvania Ave. in Palm Harbor. Call 786-1330. TonyaTonya is a 7-year-old female orange tabby cat. She is very sweet and loves attention. She will do well with other friendly cats. Tonya is spayed and current on her vaccinations. To adopt Tonya, call Pat at Second Chance for Strays at 535-9154. Visit www.secondchance forstrays.petfinder.com.Looking for a home
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Diversions Things to do around Pinellas County Classieds Events MoviesLeader Section B March 8, 2012Visit www.TBNweekly.com Pow Wow Festival, March 9-11, at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N., Seminole. The festival gets under way March 9 at 5 p.m. and continues to 11. Exit 28 will provide music. Armbands, allowing unlimited midway rides, cost $20. The second day starts with the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. The midway will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Armbands are $20. On stage entertainment will feature Jessica Reavis, 1 to 3 p.m.; Troy Duncan Band, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and the Impacs, 7:30 to 11 p.m. There will be a fireworks display from 8:30 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, the midway will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Armbands will sell for $15. The annual Childrens Extravaganza will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Kiwanis Truck is set from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Seminole Community Library. The Florida Orchestra: Rock On Broadway, part of the Pops Series, Friday, March 9, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org. The performance will be repeated Saturday, March 10, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. A final performance will be presented Sunday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Its a rockin night on the Great White Way with peace, love and electric guitars. The concert will feature music from the best rock musicals of the s, s and s, such as Rent, Chess, Hair, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Godspell. The concert will feature Stuart Malina, conductor; Andra Burns, vocalist; and Ron Bohmer, vocalist. The Tribute, Friday, March 9, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $35 to $45. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. The Tribute has perfected the illusion of The Fab Four in concert. Hot on the heels of their 11th concert at Carnegie Hall, The Tribute will once again dazzle a whole new generation of fans while staying true to the memories many have held dear for over 40 years. Like actors, these master musicians cast a spell as they step into the characters of the originals members of The Beatles. For more than 26 years, this group of performers has successfully recreated every sensation of being at a Beatles concert circa 1964 through 1966 from wardrobe to hairstyles, Liverpool accents and singing nuances, and vintage instruments. Radium Girls, by D.W. Gregory, presented by West Coast Players, March 9-25, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wc players.org. Set in 1926, the play examines a group of women working in a factory painting radium on watches. When the women come down with a mysterious disease, they battle with their employer for justice. Henry Rollins, Saturday, March 10, 8 p.m., at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets range from $29.50 to $36.50. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Rollins is on The Long March tour. While economic uncertainty and political upheaval define the global landscape on a broad scale, expect Rollins to bring the human (and often humorous) side to light during The Long March as he shares stories from the road less traveled including recent visits to North Korea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Sudan, Uganda, Haiti and Cuba. Henrys relentless globetrotting to far-flung and often misunderstood corners of the globe is also the focus of his latest book, Occupants, his first book of photos from his travels. Penetrating observations and incisive essays accompany the photos as Rollins juxtaposes the disturbing legacy of war and conflict with the hope, bravery, and kindness of humans around the world; the tragic effects of hunger and poverty with the strength and beauty of those living in dire circumstances. Compiled by LEE CLARK ZUMPEA number of new movies will hit theaters this week, including the following films opening in wide release:A Thousand WordsGenre: Comedy Cast: Eddie Murphy, Clark Duke, Kerry Washington and Justina Machado Director: Brian Robbins Rated: PG-13 If you only had a thousand words to say before you die, how would you use them? Thats what Jack McCall (Eddie Murphy), a selfish, fast-talking literary agent must now learn to do live without words. Brian Robbins film A Thousand Words tells the story of how one man is forced to stop talking in order to learn how to truly communicate with his wife (Kerry Washington), family and friends.John CarterGenre: Action, adventure and science fiction Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Dafoe Director: Andrew Stanton Rated: PG-13 Based on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter is an action/adventure set on the wild and mysterious planet of Barsoom (Mars) with its unfamiliar inhabitants: the warring Red Men of Zodanga and Helium, the savage Tharks and the manipulative and allpowerful Therns. Once a world rich with life and civilization, Barsoom is now a dying planet, devastated by conflicts that have raged for more than 10,000 years. The Zodangans, lead by Sab Than, battle with the Heliumites, whose beautiful Princess Dejah Thoris strives to find a solution that will end the fighting and save her beloved planet. When war-weary American Civil War veteran John Carter is unexpectedly transported from a remote cave in Arizona to the red planet, the balance of power is tipped. The change in gravity gives Carter extraordinary abilities. His apparent super powers flummox the warring tribes and make him a powerful asset to any who can capture him. He is initially found and enslaved by the Tharks, but Carter wins the respect of their leader, Tars Tarkas, who risks everything to help him escape the fearsome tribe so that he may find a way back home. With the assistance of Dejah Thoris and Sola, a Thark woman who is entrusted with his care, Carter embarks on the perilous journey to the sacred Gates of Iss in the hope of returning to Earth. Following ancient Barsoomian legend and his raw instinct, Carter finds the Gates, but far more is revealed there than he and Dejah ever expected. Meanwhile, Sab Than has convinced Dejahs father, the King of Helium, to agree to a political marriage of convenience between himself and Dejah in order to unite the warring entities and end the civil war. Unbeknownst to the king, Sab Than is operating under the control of the all-powerful Matai Shang, leader of the Therns. The intention is not for peace but to overpower the Heliumites, paving the way for the Therns to take ultimate control. See OPENING, page 2BOpening this weekendEddie Murphy, Clark Duke star in A Thousand Words RIC only RIC only RIC only *With purchase. Prices above are per hearing aid. Includes all discounts and trad-ins. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Good for a limited time only. 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With the help of his ally Tars Tarkas, Carter forms a formidable army, setting out to reach Helium and stop the wedding before it is too late. The survival of Princess Dejah, of Helium, and the entire planet of Barsoom rests in the hands of one extraordinary man John CarterSalmon Fishing in the YemenGenre: Comedy and drama Cast: Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas and Amr Waked Director: Lasse Hallstrom Rated: PG-13 From the beloved director of Chocolat and the screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire comes the inspirational comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. A visionary sheik (Amr Waked) believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative (Emily Blunt) to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britains leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Ministers overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a good will story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.Silent HouseGenre: Horror and thriller Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy and Adam Barnett Director: Chris Kentis and Laura Lau Rated: R Studio: Open Road FilmsThe following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.The Decoy BrideGenre: Comedy and drama Cast: Alice Eve, Kelly Macdonald and David Tennant Director: Sheree Folkson Not rated When the wedding of internationally famous film star Lara Tyler (Alice Eve) to tweedy English author James Arber (David Tennant) is sabotaged by a paparazzo, they decide to relocate the event to the one place where the worlds press wont find them: the sleepy Island of Hegg, as featured in James bestselling novel The Ornithologists Wife. But to the shock of Laras P.A Steve Korbitz (Michael Urie), the reality of the island is different from the romanticized picture James has created (without ever visiting), and he has to transform this fantasy world before the superstar arrives. However, dilapidated buildings and greedy islanders are the least of the problems that the wedding party and their Hollywood entourage have to deal with, as Marco (Federico Castelluccio) the ingenious paparazzo tracks them down in his mission to photograph the celebrity wedding of the year. Steve and his assistant Emma (Sally Phillips) must find a decoy bride and think that local girl Katie (Kelly MacDonald) will be an ideal replacement. But when Katie meets James, sparks fly, dresses get ruined and love gets complicated. Will Katie be able to fool the awaiting media and live up to being a stand-in for the worlds most famous movie star? Can an ordinary girl fill the most famous Manolos on the planet? And whatever will happen to her pledge never, under any circumstances, to fall in love again? FootnoteGenre: Drama Cast: Shlomo Bar Aba, Lior Ashkenazi, Alisa Rosen, Alma Zak, Daniel Markovich, Micah Lewesohn, Yuval Scharf and Nevo Kimchi Director: Joseph Cedar Not rated Footnote is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son. Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are both eccentric professors, who have dedicated their lives to their work in Talmudic Studies. The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work. Meanwhile his son, Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition. Then one day, the tables turn. When Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for scholarship in the country, his vanity and desperate need for validation are exposed. His son, Uriel, is thrilled to see his fathers achievements finally recognized but, in a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose between the advancement of his own career and his fathers. Will he sabotage his fathers glory? Footnote is the story of insane academic competition, the dichotomy between admiration and envy for a role model, and the very complicated relationship between a father and son.Seeking JusticeGenre: Action and thriller Cast: Nicolas Cage, January Jones, Guy Pearce, Harold Perrineau and Jennifer Carpenter Director: Roger Donaldson Rated: R This action-packed thriller stars Nicolas Cage as Will Gerard, a happily married family man whose quiet life is turned upside-down when his wife, Laura (January Jones), is brutally attacked one night while leaving work. 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Call 446-4566 or visit www.studio1212.org.Largo Funny Girl, with book by Isobel Lannart, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, through March 11, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eighto clocktheatre.com. Funny Girl is the semi-autobiographical tale of Fanny Brices meteoric rise to fame and her stormy relationship with Nick Arnstein, a wealthy and charming gambler. From her start as a gawky Brooklyn teen fast-talking her way into show business to becoming the toast of New York to the unraveling of her personal life, Funny Girl is a stunning, richly told tour de force about one of Broadways biggest stars. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, March 11, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be a tribute to the Irish with the Heedless Horsemen from Ranchero Village. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Tomaseen Foleys Irish Times, Saturday, March 17, 4 and 8 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Call 587-6793. Just in time to help celebrate St. Patricks Day, Foleys Irish Times will perform some traditional Irish music, song, dancing, and stories drawn from rural Ireland in 1940s live on stage. Following up on the success of Tomaseen Foleys A Celtic Christmas on national tour every Christmas season for the past decade Tomaseen now introduces his new show, Irish Times. It features some of the finest Celtic artists performing today, including Grammy-Award winning Celtic guitarist William Coulter, World Champion level traditional Irish dancers, and of course native Irish storyteller Tomaseen Foley. Doo Wop with a Twist, Monday, March 19, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22. Call 5876793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, attendees will stroll down memory lane with Joey Dee and Tommy Mara. These great rock n roll entertainers will perform some of their great hits, including Peppermint Twist, Shout, Candles and Step by Step. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Yesterday and Today, Friday, March 30, 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $27 in advance and $32 the day of the show. Call 587-6793. The national touring sensation, Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience, is unique, standing apart from any other Beatles tribute out there. The band does away with the wigs and the accents and just concentrates on the Beatles music. The audience is encouraged to fill out a request form with their favorite Beatles song and reason why they chose the song. Those requests are organized five minutes before show time. The audiences requests make the set list for the evening and their stories provide the evenings narrative. Tonights the Night Rod Stewart Tribute, Monday, April 2, 2 and 7 p.m., at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Tickets are $22. Call 587-6793. Part of the Largo Lions Spotlight Series, this show features Bob Stewart, a third cousin to Rod Stewart. Attendees will enjoy a high-energy show with Bob singing favorites such as Maggie Mae, Hot Legs and Do ya! Think Im Sexy. All proceeds from these events go directly to Lions volunteer projects, such as sight conservation, eye operation and glasses. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, April 22, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be a New Orleans Special Treat with Cabaret Unlimited. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Broadways Best, presented by Eight OClock Theatre, May 4-13, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eighto clocktheatre.com. The wellknown dynamic creative team of Rocco Morabito (director) and Ronnie DeMarco (choreographer) have designed their dream show: a revue combining favorite ballads, laments and show-stoppers from Broadways best. The lineup includes gems from musicals such as Cabaret, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Damn Yankees, Gypsy, Godspell, Guys & Dolls and Mame. Sunday Matinee Music Program Series, Sunday, May 6, at Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, Largo. The featured entertainment will be Mothers Favorite with the Sunsation Show Chorus. Each show in the series will feature a meal, live entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served at 3:30 p.m. Entertainment starts at 4 p.m. Dancing follows the entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. A cash bar is available. Advance tickets are $12 for dinner and show; $18 for dinner, show and dance; or $8 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased by the Wednesday prior to the show. Call 518-3131 or visit LargoCommunityCenter.com. Nunsense II, with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin; presented by Eight OClock Theatre, July 13-20, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students age 19 and younger with identification. Call 587-6793 or visit www.eightocl ocktheatre.com. This sequel takes place six weeks after the Little Sisters of Hobokens first benefit show, and now they are back with a big Thank You show. Theyre a bit slicker, having been bitten by the theater bug. Things get to off to a rousing start, and before long chaos erupts. Two Franciscans come to claim Sister Mary Amnesia (who has won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes). The nuns hear that a talent scout is in the audience.St. Petersburg Florida Focus Exhibition: A Celebration of Contemporary Florida Art; through March 17, at Studio @ 620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Retired art museum director, Ken Rollins, turns 70 years of age in March. In celebration of this occasion, he has curated an exhibition of the work of many artists with whom he worked over a 30-year art museum career. The exhibition features 32 artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, glass, metal, performance and installation. The artists hail from Miami to Jacksonville, Tallahassee to Orlando and throughout Tampa Bay. The exhibition will be on display during gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Call Admission is free. Call 895-6620 or visit www.studio620.org. The Tribute, Friday, March 9, 8 p.m., at the Mahaffey Theater, Progress Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets range from $35 to $45. Call 892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com. The Tribute has perfected the illusion of The Fab Four in concert. Hot on the heels of their 11th concert at Carnegie Hall, The Tribute will once again dazzle a whole new generation of fans while staying true to the memories many have held dear for over 40 years. Like actors, these master musicians cast a spell as they step into the characters of the originals members of The Beatles. For more than 26 years, this group of performers has successfully recreated every sensation of being at a Beatles concert circa 1964 through 1966 from wardrobe to hairstyles, Liverpool accents and singing nuances, and vintage instruments. Red, by Jonathan Logan, presented by American Stage Theatre Company, March 16 through May 6, in the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org. Winner of six 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Play, Red follows Mark Rothko in his New York studio in the late s, painting a group of murals for the exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. He gives orders to his young assistant, Ken, as he mixes the paints, makes the frames, and paints the canvases. Ken, however, questions Rothkos theories of art and why he accepted such a commercial commission. The resulting 90 minutes is an intense exercise in art, ideas ... and a lot of red paint. This play contains mature language. Rip. Tied., by Aleshea Harris, presented by freeFall Theatre Company, March 15 through April 1, at freeFall, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary according to performance date and time. Call 4985205 or visit www.freefallthea tre.com. In this world premier production of a new play, Viola and Donis Masterson live in a sleepy Southern town, in a crooked crazy house, where love is tucked into dark secret places, where people die without dying, and where it may be possible to fly. Inspired by numerous African folk tales used to explain the disappearance of runaway slaves as literally flying away to freedom, this compassionate and lyrical new play explores family, legend, and the value of self-determination. The Rocky Horror Show, by Richard OBrien, April 11 through May 13, presented at Demens Landing Park, located on the corner of First Avenue North and Bayshore Boulevard Southeast in downtown St. Petersburg. The 27th annual American Stage in the Park presentation will be The Rocky Horror Show, billed as the biggest and baddest rock n roll musical ever. On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean cut kids, Brad Majors and his fiance Janet Weiss, run into tire trouble and seek help at the site of a light down the road. Its coming from the Frankenstein place, where Dr. FranknFurter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments. Follow squeakyclean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure theyll never forget, with the scandalous FranknFurter, rippling Rocky and vivacious Magenta. Bursting at the seams with timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet and the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, OBriens Rocky Horror Show is a non-stop party. For performance times and ticket information, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org. Looking ahead Looking ahead
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